Sunday 24 September 2017

Trade union set date for decision on pay deal

Trade union Impact said it would decide whether to recommend the pay deal on April 8.

General secretary Peter McLoone said the proposals presented an opportunity to bring stability to public services.

"Since last February, our public services have been characterised by uncertainty, despondency, poor morale and disruption," Mr McLoone said.

"We know that the economic climate will continue to be extremely difficult, but I believe these proposals hold out the hope that our public services can be better managed and delivered, and that public servants will see some certainty over their pay, jobs and pensions, with the prospect of restoring pay cuts over time as reforms deliver real verified savings."

Impact set out the proposals, which include:

- Government commitments of no further pay cuts if extensive reforms in work practices and conditions are implemented;

- A mechanism for the reversal of existing pay cuts over time, with a review in spring 2011 and, if sufficient savings, have been achieved, the restoration of cuts will begin;

- Priority given to public servants earning 35,000 euro or less and similar reviews take place in 2012, 2013 and 2014;

- Plans for pension protections and a guarantee of no compulsory redundancies.

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