Public service pay ‘restoration’ talks underway

Posted in Governance and administration on May 12th, 2015 by steve

Ireland“Talks on how much of the Government’s €750m public expenditure pledge will be given over to pay restoration for its staff will begin this afternoon, with the pension levy likely to feature high on the agenda over the coming days …” (more)

[Stephen Rogers and Ann Cahill, Irish Examiner, 12 May]

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Public service workers set for €800 windfall each

Posted in Governance and administration on May 7th, 2015 by steve

Ireland“Public service workers are set to gain on average more than €800 each as part of the Government’s reversal of pay cuts. The Irish Times understands the Government will allocate around €250 million – and possibly up to €300 million – as part of a deal to partially restore pay levels for nearly 300,000 public servants … ” (more)

[Fiach Kelly and Martin Wall, Irish Times, 7 May]

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Issue of public sector pay rises is Howlin’s biggest test yet

Posted in Governance and administration on May 5th, 2015 by steve

Ireland“News that the Government and unions will next week begin talks about restoring pay levels in the public sector brings to mind the old joke about the man asking for directions being told: ‘If I was going there, I wouldn’t be starting from here at all’ …” (more)

[Shane Coleman, Independent, 5 May]

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Government approach to pay talks repeat Celtic Tiger errors, Creighton claims

Posted in Governance and administration on April 30th, 2015 by steve

Ireland“The Government is happy to repeat the mistakes of the Celtic Tiger in its approach to public sector pay and remuneration, Renua leader Lucinda Creighton has claimed …” (more)

[Marie O’Halloran, Irish Times, 30 April]

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Howlin: Pay talks set for public sector workers

Posted in Governance and administration on April 28th, 2015 by steve

Ireland“Pay talks are to begin with public service workers next month, the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform has said. Emergency measures were brought in to cut wages from 2009 in response to the country’s financial crisis …” (more)

[BreakingNews.ie, 28 April]

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‘Right’ that public sector invited to pay restoration talks, says Burton

Posted in Governance and administration on April 27th, 2015 by steve

Ireland“Tánaiste Joan Burton said it was ‘right and appropriate’ that public sector workers enter talks with the Government on restoring pay levels. She said the Government wanted to ensure public servants, in an appropriate way, were able to share in the economic recovery …” (more)

[Martin Wall, Irish Times, 27 April]

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Public sector set for 2% pay rise

Posted in Governance and administration on April 26th, 2015 by steve

Ireland“The country’s 290,000 public sector workers are in line for pay increases of at least 2% that could be approved as early as the summer, the Sunday Independent can reveal …” (more)

[Daniel McConnell and John Drennan, Independent, 26 April]

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Brendan Howlin: Pay talks to benefit low-paid workers

Posted in Governance and administration on April 23rd, 2015 by steve

Ireland“Low-paid workers will be the major beneficiaries from the forthcoming talks on restoring public service pay, the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform Brendan Howlin has said. However he warned that pay restoration would involve continued staff co-operation with reforms …” (more)

[Martin Wall, Irish Times, 23 April]

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Howlin urged to tell Cabinet colleagues to manage their expectations for pay talks

Posted in Governance and administration on April 23rd, 2015 by steve

Ireland“Another senior union official will today rule out additional productivity or reforms in return for pay restoration in the public service …” (more)

[Martin Wall, Irish Times, 3 April]

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Any public pay restoration will be spread over years, says Brendan Howlin

Posted in Governance and administration on April 22nd, 2015 by steve

Ireland“Tánaiste Joan Burton and Minister for Public Expenditure Brendan Howlin have indicated that any public sector pay rises will be staggered over a number of years. Some unions have called for a full reversal of the pay cuts …” (more)

[Fiach Kelly and Sarah Bardon, Irish Times, 22 April]

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Waterford Institute of Technology appoints new president amid efforts to set up university

Posted in Governance and administration on April 21st, 2015 by steve

Ireland“Professor Willie Donnelly has been appointed president of Waterford Institute of Technology (WIT) amid efforts to get the process of setting up a university of the south east back on track. He replaces Dr Ruaidhri Neavyn, who has been seconded to the Higher Education Authority (HEA) …” (more)

[Katherine Donnelly, Independent, 21 April]

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Will public servants get their pay restored?

Posted in Governance and administration on April 15th, 2015 by steve

Ireland“Fine Gael and Labour Government Ministers are ‘at one’ in relation to their approach to pay restoration for public sector workers, according to Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform Brendan Howlin …” (more)

[Mary Minihan, Irish Times, 15 April]

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Public sector pay cuts set to be reversed

Posted in Governance and administration on April 10th, 2015 by steve

Ireland“The scope for reversing cuts to public sector pay and pensions is set to be outlined in the looming spring budget statement. The move follows a raft of initiatives aimed at beefing up measures to tackle the mortgage debt crisis after previous attempts by the Government to get a grip on the situation were branded inadequate …” (more)

[Shaun Connolly, Irish Examiner, 10 April]

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Will public service groups listen to calls for realism in pay talks

Posted in Governance and administration on April 8th, 2015 by steve

Ireland“The comments by Minister for Education Jan O’Sullivan that teachers should be ‘realistic’ about what can emerge from the forthcoming pay restoration talks with the Government is simply a restatement of official policy. However, it remains to be seen whether teachers or other public service groups are prepared to listen …” (more)

[Martin Wall, Irish Times, 8 April]

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Public pay rises – or USC cuts? It’s Fine Gael versus Labour

Posted in Governance and administration on March 26th, 2015 by steve

Ireland“Many political decisions make themselves when a government has no money. So here’s the downside of having some money to spend in the run-in to a general election. If a coalition government gives something to one crowd, it’s odds-on they will alienate the others …” (more)

[John Downing, Independent, 26 March]

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Howlin: Talks to begin on reversing public-sector cuts

Posted in Governance and administration on March 25th, 2015 by steve

Ireland“Minister Howlin said he hopes to begin talks next month on how to reverse the financial emergency measures in the public interest legislation that deliver €2.2bn in savings to the exchequer …” (more)

[BreakingNews.ie, 25 March]

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WIT staff prepared to strike if merger with IT Carlow goes ahead

Posted in Governance and administration on March 19th, 2015 by steve

Ireland“Academic staff in the Waterford Institute of Technology (WIT) have come out against a forced merger with the Institute of Technology Carlow (IT Carlow) and say they are prepared to take industrial action against any such move …” (more)

[Katherine Donnelly, Independent, 19 March]

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Renua Launch: Hobbs says pay cuts should not be reversed

Posted in Governance and administration on March 14th, 2015 by steve

Ireland“Renua co-founder gets new party off to a controversial start. New political party Renua got off to a controversial start as co-founder Eddie Hobbs insisted public sector workers should not have their pay cuts restored …” (more)

[Shaun Connolly, Irish Examiner, 14 March]

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WIT’s president seconded to new role amid ongoing controversy over plans for technology university

Posted in Governance and administration on March 10th, 2015 by steve

Ireland“Waterford Institute of Technology (WIT) president, Dr Ruaidhrí Neavyn has been seconded to a new role amid ongoing controversy over plans for a technology university in the south east …” (more)

[Independent, 10 March]

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President of Waterford Institute of Technology expected to move to new role

Posted in Governance and administration on March 6th, 2015 by steve

Ireland“The president of Waterford Institute of Technology, Dr Ruaidhri Neavyn, is expected to move to a new role. Waterford Institute of Technology (WIT) has confirmed that on Tuesday the Governing Body will consider a request from the Department of Education and Skills for his secondment as an adviser to the Higher Education Authority …” (more)

[Katherine Donnelly, Independent, 6 March]

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