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Agreements struck in years gone by

Published 30/05/2015 | 02:30

Charles Haughey
Charles Haughey
SIPTU’s Patricia King considers the Haddington Road Agreement in 2013

1987-1990: Programme for National Recovery

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The country's first social partnership deal was brought in under the stewardship of then Taoiseach Charlie Haughey.

The Government committed to income tax cuts of £225m over three years, including increases in the PAYE allowance costing £70m.

It said that pay increases would be provided in both the public and private sectors at a level not exceeding 2.5pc in each of the years 1988, 1989 and 1990.

Also provided for was an agreement that there should be a reduction in the working week

 

1991-1994: Programme for Economic and Social Progress

Pay increases at a level not exceeding 4pc in 1991, 3pc in 1992, and 3.75pc in 1993.

 

1994-1996: Programme for Competitiveness and Work

Private sector pay increases of 2pc of basic pay for the first 12 months of the agreement, 2.5pc of basic pay for the second year, 2.5pc of basic pay for the first six months of the third year and 1pc for second six months.

Public sector pay increases of 2pc of basic pay starting after 5 months of the expiry of the previous deal; an increase of 2pc of basic pay for the next 12 months; 1.5pc for the next four months; 1.5pc for the next three months; 1pc for the next six months.

 

1997-2000: Partnership 2000

Private sector pay increases of 2.5pc of basic pay for the first 12 months; 2.25pc for the second 12 months; 1.5pc for the next nine months; 1pc for the final six months.

 

2000-2003: Programme for Prosperity and Fairness

Private and public sector pay increases of 5.5pc in basic pay for the first 12 months of the agreement; 5.5pc for the second 12 months and 4pc for the following nine months.

 

2003-2005: Sustaining Progress

Private sector increase of 3pc in basic pay for the first nine months; 2pc increase for the next six months; 2pc increase for the final three months. Public service pay pause of six months, followed by a 3pc increase from January 2004; a 2pc increase from July 2004 and a 2pc increase from December.

 

2006-2015: Towards 2016

Private sector pay would be increased by 3pc of basic pay for the first six months; 2pc for the next nine months; 2.5pc of basic pay for the next six months and 2.5pc for the final six months.

Public service pay would be increased by 3pc from December 2006; 2pc from June 2007; 2.5pc from March 2008 and 2.5pc from September 2008.

 

2010-2014: Croke Park Agreement

A commitment from the public service to change the way it does business. Provided for no compulsory redundancies or reductions in pay rates.

 

2014-2016: Haddington Road Agreement

Workers earning more than €65,000 to have their pay cut.

Salaries between €65,000 and €80,000 were to be reduced by 5.5pc; those between €80,000 and €150,000 to be cut by 8pc; between €150,000 and €185,000 by 9pc; and anything over €185,000 by 10pc.

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