Second level teachers may take further strike action, ASTI says

Posted in Teaching on January 12th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Second level teachers may take further strike action if proposals to resolve a series of grievances are rejected, the Association of Secondary Teachers Ireland (ASTI) has said. Union president Ed Byrne said the ASTI was urging its 18,000 members to reject proposals drawn up before Christmas …” (more)

[Martin Wall, Irish Times, 12 January]

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‘If you raise public sector pay and taxes, the rest of the economy loses’

Posted in Governance and administration on January 2nd, 2017 by steve

Ireland“A senior economist has warned the Government against fully restoring its 300,000 workers’ wages to rates they enjoyed before the crash in 2008 …” (more)

[Anne-Marie Walsh, Independent, 2 January]

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Pension rises for retired public sector workers now in firing line

Posted in Governance and administration on December 27th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“An end to pension increases for retired public-sector workers is on the table in the next round of pay talks. Public-service pensioners have traditionally benefited from pay parity, which means they go up when there is an increase in the salary of the person in their old job …” (more)

[Anne-Marie Walsh and Kevin Doyle, Independent, 27 December]

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Unions to resist greater contribution by public staff to pensions

Posted in Governance and administration on December 19th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“The plans by the Department of Public Expenditure to seek a greater contribution from public servants towards the cost of their pensions will be fiercely resisted by unions who represent the 320,000 who work in the public sector …” (more)

[Pat Leahy, Irish Times, 19 December]

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Proposal to make public servants pay more for pensions

Posted in Governance and administration on December 19th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“Plans to get staff in the public service to pay more towards their pensions are being examined by the Government. Informed sources said it would be likely the Government would look for a greater financial contribution from staff towards their pensions in tandem with the unwinding of the existing public service pension levy and any pay increases that came about as part of a successor to the existing Lansdowne Road agreement …” (more)

[Martin Wall, Irish Times, 19 December]

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Pensions and job security to quell public pay demands

Posted in Governance and administration on December 13th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“The value of pensions and job security enjoyed by public sector workers will be used to quell demands for pay rises at Government talks with unions. Pension values will be firmly on the negotiating table after it was revealed a garda’s retirement pot is worth from €30,000 to €40,000 a year …” (more)

[Anne-Marie Walsh, Independent, 13 December]

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Restoring public sector pay cuts remains unsustainable

Posted in Governance and administration on December 13th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“That public servants had to endure significant cuts in their incomes during the financial crisis is well known. The bulk of these cuts came in the form of either the pension-related deduction introduced in 2009, which reduced take-home pay by an average of 7% across the public service, or of the cuts in wages and salaries imposed from January 1st, 2010, which also averaged around 7% …” (more)

[Jim O’Leary, Irish Times, 13 December]

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Paschal Donohoe agrees to pay talks with public sector unions

Posted in Governance and administration on November 30th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“The Government has backed down from a standoff with public sector unions by agreeing to talks on ‘anomalies’ in the Lansdowne Road Agreement. Public Expenditure and Reform Minister Paschal Donohoe has agreed to begin negotiations with public sector representatives over the repercussions of the garda Labour Court recommendation …” (more)

[Elaine Loughlin, Irish Examiner, 30 November]

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Public-sector pay talks to be held by February

Posted in Governance and administration on November 28th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“Public-sector pay talks on a successor to the Lansdowne Road Agreement will be held no later than February, five members of Cabinet said. Talks will have to be earlier than the Government wanted to avoid all-out industrial unrest. Public Expenditure Minister Paschal Donohoe said his ‘plans are not yet finalised’ as to when talks for a new pay deal will commence …” (more)

[Daniel McConnell, Irish Examiner, 28 November]

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Lansdowne Road Agreement – Planned Pay Increase

Posted in Governance and administration on November 24th, 2016 by steve

IrelandMichael McGrath (Cork South Central, Fianna Fail): To ask the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform the gross cost to the Exchequer for each month that the planned pay increase under the Lansdowne Road agreement of €1,000 in respect of those with a salary of up to €65,000 is brought forward to earlier in 2017 …” (more)

[Dáil written answers, 22 November]

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Pay and conditions in the public service

Posted in Governance and administration on November 19th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“A chara, – The Government can no longer bury its head in the sand. The Lansdowne Road Agreement (LRA) is dead in the water and a new agreement needs to be found.Siptu has upped the ante by initiating ballot proceedings across its 180,000-strong membership to force the hand of the Government to a new round of pay talks …” (more)

[Letters, Irish Times, 19 November]

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Can Government afford public sector wage demands?

Posted in Governance and administration on November 18th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“There are several reasons for the current climate of industrial unrest. Some blame the State’s headline rate of economic growth, which has been rebounding strongly, for creating unreasonable expectations. Others point to income inequality and a nagging grievance that the average taxpayer was left carrying the can for irresponsible elites after the crash …” (more)

[Eoin Burke-Kennedy, Irish Times, 18 November]

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Public service to return to its ‘peak’ size next year

Posted in Governance and administration on November 16th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“The public service will return next year to its ‘peak’ size last seen before the economic crash in 2008, Minister for Public Expenditure Paschal Donohoe told Cabinet colleagues on Tuesday …” (more)

[Pat Leahy, Irish Times, 16 November]

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No cash for public pay rises until 2018, warns Taoiseach

Posted in Governance and administration on November 15th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“Taoiseach Enda Kenny has signalled that the Government will engage in talks with unions on a successor to the Lansdowne Road pay accord, however he appeared to warn there will be no money available next year for further rises …” (more)

[Martin Wall, Irish Times, 14 November]

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Analysis: Pressure mounts over public service pay

Posted in Governance and administration on November 11th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“Pressure on the Government over public service pay is continuing to increase, almost by the day. An effective ultimatum has been issued by Siptu president Jack O’Connor, who said the union, which has 60,000 public service members, would authorise ballots for strike action if the Government does not agree in principle by next Thursday to enter into a new pay talks process …” (more)

[Martin Wall, Irish Times, 10 October]

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‘Lansdowne deal must be replaced’

Posted in Governance and administration on November 9th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“The Government is under increasing pressure from opposition and public sector unions to initiate talks on a pay package to replace the Lansdowne Road Agreement. It comes as the Department of Education was yesterday accused of not devising contingency plans to keep schools open during the ASTI’s industrial action, in order to bring the dispute ‘to a head’ earlier …” (more)

[Elaine Loughlin, Irish Examiner, 9 November]

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Government will stay within LRA – Harris

Posted in Governance and administration on November 6th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“The Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform is to invite public sector unions to talks next week to consider the ramifications of the Garda pay recommendation. The Labour Court recommendation is expected to cost significantly more than the €30 million originally provided in an offer rejected by the Garda Representative Association, which represents 10,500 rank and file gardaí …” (more)

[RTÉ News, 6 November]

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Trade unions demand Lansdowne Road Agreement review following garda pay deal

Posted in Governance and administration on November 4th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“The government is facing follow-on pay claims from a number of trade unions after a late-night deal offered to the garda associations. The Civil Public and Services Union (CPSU) and Impact have released statements this morning calling on the government to make immediate arrangements to negotiate accelerated pay recovery for all public servants …” (more)

[Independent, 4 November]

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Kenny says Lansdowne Road Agreement still stands

Posted in Governance and administration on November 4th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“Taoiseach Enda Kenny has said the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform does not have an endless pot of money and that the Lansdowne Road Agreement still stands …” (more)

[RTÉ News, 4 November]

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Public sector pay and spending: repeating past mistakes

Posted in Governance and administration on November 3rd, 2016 by steve

Ireland“A weak government is an easy target when powerful groups come calling. Concessions already made to gardaí could yet destabilise the Lansdowne Road Agreement while, in an unexpected departure from stated policy, Minister for Public Expenditure Paschal Donohoe has raised the prospect of speeding up pay restoration for the entire public service …” (more)

[Irish Times, 3 November]

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