Public sector pay bill to jump €1bn next year as workforce to hit 410,000

Posted in Governance and administration on October 12th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“The bill for public sector pay and pensions is set to rise by more than €1bn to a new peak next year. Wages for State workers and payments to pensioners will hit a combined total of €23bn. The pay bill is expected to increase by just under 5%, or €925m, to €19.6bn. Pension costs will jump 5.2%, or €166m, to €3.3bn …” (more)

[Anne-Marie Walsh, Independent, 12 October]

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TUI overwhelmingly votes to back industrial action over two-tier pay

Posted in Governance and administration on October 11th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Teachers’ Union of Ireland (TUI) members have voted overwhelmingly to renew their mandate for industrial action over two-tier pay rates. The ballot was passed by a margin of 92% to 8% to endorse the union’s mandate for industrial action, up to and including strike action, as part of its campaign for equal pay …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 10 October]

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Cautious budgetary approach understandable but inadequate

Posted in Governance and administration on October 9th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“The IUA welcomes the Budget provisions for higher education for known increases in student numbers in 2020 and pay provisions under national wage agreements. We understand this cautious approach to the Budget by the government in the context of the considerable uncertainty arising from Brexit. However, it must be recognised that the Budget does not address the growing gap in core funding of our third level system …” (more)

[IUA, 9 October]

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University of Ulster pays 65 staff at least £100k a year

Posted in Governance and administration on October 3rd, 2019 by steve

“An Ulster University lecturer has criticised the institution’s ‘galling’ spending after it emerged 65 staff were paid at least £100,000 each year. Right-wing pressure group the TaxPayers’ Alliance (TPA) announced the finding after submitting Freedom of Information requests to 120 universities across the UK …” (more)

[Allan Preston, Belfast Telegraph, 3 October]

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Teachers at DCU English school say offer of 50c pay increase is ‘a slap in the face’

Posted in Governance and administration on September 16th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Teachers at Dublin City University’s English language school have said an offer to increase their pay by 50 cents an hour is ‘humiliating’ and ‘insulting’. Teachers at the school are looking to increase their pay from €24.60 to €35 per hour, close to what they were paid before the recession …” (more)

[TheJournal.ie, 16 September]

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IFUT Secures Full Membership of the Education Oversight Body

Posted in Governance and administration on September 3rd, 2019 by steve

Ireland“The Education Oversight Body was established as a result of the Public Services Pay Agreement to act as a ‘fast-track’ clearing house for disputes which arise regarding the specific education-related provisions of the Agreement …” (more)

[IFUT, 2 September]

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Teachers’ union to ballot for industrial action over two-tier pay

Posted in Governance and administration on August 28th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“A teachers’ union is to ballot members next month to renew its mandate for industrial action as tensions rise over controversial two-tier pay scales. The Teachers’ Union of Ireland (TUI) has announced it will ballot its 18,000 members for a mandate for industrial action, up to and including strike action, as part of its campaign to end pay discrimination …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 28 August]

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Women-only professorships

Posted in Governance and administration on July 25th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“A chara, – The creation of 75 women-only professorships is a textbook example of how members of the higher socio-economic classes who have connections and influence in political and media circles can bend the the Government into making irrational and fiscally irresponsible decisions to their advantage, with all parties assuming the taxpayer will foot the substantial bill …” (more)

[Dave Slater, Irish Times, 25 July]

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Public Sector Pay

Posted in Governance and administration on June 27th, 2019 by steve

IrelandJonathan O’Brien (Cork North Central, Sinn Fein): To ask the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform the planned unwinding of FEMPI measures in line with the Public Service Stability Agreement for each of the years 2019 to 2023 disaggregated by wage bracket …” (more)

[Dáil written answers, 25 June]

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Public service staff to seek 6% pay rise if work hours not reduced

Posted in Governance and administration on May 8th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“The Government will face claims for special pay rises of 6% from staff in the public service as compensation if it does not roll back additional working hours introduced after the economic crisis, one of the country’s main unions has warned …” (more)

[Martin Wall, Irish Times, 8 May]

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Public sector pension levy won’t be abolished

Posted in Governance and administration on May 6th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“The Government will face down any union demands to abolish the pension levy which was imposed on public sector workers during the financial crash, the Sunday Independent has learnt. Finance Minister Paschal Donohoe will vehemently oppose any changes to pension contributions paid by public sector workers during future pay talks with unions …” (more)

[Philip Ryan and Ralph Riegel, Independent, 5 May]

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Nurse deal has significant price and could lead to other public service awards

Posted in Governance and administration on May 3rd, 2019 by steve

Ireland“The Government will be very relieved the dispute by 40,000 nurses which caused chaos in the country’s hospital system this year has been brought to a close. However, the settlement has come at a significant price, about €50 million over this year and next year, and potentially more depending on whether offsetting productivity measures materialise …” (more)

[Martin Wall, Irish Times, 2 May]

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Public sector unions hold talks with Government on pay

Posted in Governance and administration on April 25th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Public service unions have had discussions with the Department of Public Expenditure on a review of the pay terms set out in the agreement for State employees, informed sources have said. Minister of Education Joe McHugh said on Tuesday he was aware that the parties to the Public Service Stability Agreement were engaged in exploratory discussions …” (more)

[Martin Wall, Irish Times, 25 April]

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Teachers now prepare to do battle for equal pensions and pay hike

Posted in Governance and administration on April 24th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Teachers will now battle for equal pensions for recent recruits after securing a Government commitment to address two-tier pay. They are also lining up their demands for a pay rise now their nine-year battle to achieve full wage equality appears to be moving into its final phase …” (more)

[Anne-Marie Walsh, Katherine Donnelly and Ralph Riegel, Independent, 24 April]

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TUI warns pay inequality will not be tolerated

Posted in Governance and administration on April 23rd, 2019 by steve

Ireland“The Teacher’s Union of Ireland (TUI) warned the Government that while moves to increase pay for young teachers is welcome and overdue, ongoing pay inequality will not be tolerated. TUI General Secretary John MacGabhann warned delegates at their annual conference in Killarney that the Government must realise that teacher unions will not tolerate pay inequality under any circumstances …” (more)

[Ralph Riegel, Independent, 23 April]

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Government signals move to end ‘two-tier’ public service pay

Posted in Governance and administration on April 23rd, 2019 by steve

Ireland“The Government has signalled that it will move to end the two-tier pay system in the public service as part of future negotiations with trade unions. Two initiatives have been tabled to deal with the lower-pay arrangements for staff hired after 2011, including a phased €200 million proposal announced last September to resolve the issue by 2026 …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 22 April]

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Teachers threaten industrial action if Government fails to end two-tier pay

Posted in Governance and administration on April 22nd, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Teachers’ unions are threatening industrial action if the Government does not make a firm commitment over the coming days to restore pay equality for thousands of their members hired since 2011. The warning comes as teachers’ annual conferences get under way this week with pay rates for so-called ‘new entrants’ set to dominate the agenda …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 22 April]

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Public service unions to push for pay hike in wake of €35m deal for nurses

Posted in Governance and administration on March 8th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Public service unions are set to demand a pay rise and wage reviews at new Government talks in the wake of a deal worth more than €35m for nurses. Sources said they were likely to make a collective claim for a wage boost after nurses won a package that includes a higher salary scale to halt crippling health service strikes …” (more)

[Anne-Marie Walsh, Independent, 8 March]

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60,000 public sector workers to see pay improvements begin

Posted in Governance and administration on March 1st, 2019 by steve

Ireland“More than 60,000 public servants recruited since 2011 on lower pay will gradually see pay improvements from today. The pay increases, which are about €3,300 on average, are part of the implementation of a deal to address pay inequality …” (more)

[RTÉ News, 1 March]

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European Court of Justice rules two-tier pay scales for Irish teachers not discriminatory on age grounds

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on February 15th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“The European Court of Justice (ECJ) has ruled that two-tier pay scales for teachers in Ireland are not discriminatory on age grounds. The case was taken by the primary teachers’ union, the INTO, on behalf of two members, Tomás Horgan and Claire Keegan, who were employed after January 2011, when lower pay scales were introduced …” (more)

[Katherine Donnelly, Independent, 14 February]

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