Monday 25 September 2017

Lower-paid civil servants accept Government deal

Eoin Ronayne
Eoin Ronayne
Emma Jane Hade

Emma Jane Hade

The union representing mainly lower-paid civil servants has voted to accept the Lansdowne Road Agreement, while Unite has rejected it.

Members of the Civil Public and Services Union (CPSU), which has 13,000 members, voted two-to-one in favour of the pay deal.

And more than 70pc of members of the Irish Federation of University Teachers (IFUT) also voted in favour of the Government's latest pay deal yesterday.

CPSU General Secretary Eoin Ronayne welcomed the result, calling it a "start on the road to the full restoration of all pay and conditions cut since 2008".

"The members recognised that the flat-rate mechanism used to restore some of the pension levy and basic pay in the deal prioritised lower paid workers," he added.

However, Unite - which represents 100,000 people on the island of Ireland - announced its members had voted to reject the proposals.

More than three-quarters of their public service members voted against the deal.

This "reflects the anger felt by members", according to Richie Browne, Unite's regional co-ordinating officer.

Irish Independent

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