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Monday 21 October 2019

Doctors, nurses and university lecturers vote in favour of public service pay deal

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Katherine Donnelly and Eilish O'Regan

Doctors, nurses, university lecturers and public service clerical workers have accepted the new public service pay deal, the Public Services Stability Agreement (PSSA).

The Irish Federation of University Teachers (IFUT) voted to 93pc in favour, while support within the Irish Medical Organisation (IMO) ran to 85pc.

The Irish Nurses and Midwives Organisation voted 75pc in favour, slightly ahead of 72pc in the Civil Public & Services Union (CPSU).

The deal looks certain to be ratified at a meeting of the Irish Congress of Trades Unions (ICTU) on Monday, although two teachers unions have voted against and the third is recommending rejection because of its failure to end two-tier pay rates in teaching.

Because it is deemed a collective agreement, the benefits of the deal will apply to members of unions that vote against it, unless they “repudiate” it by refusing to do certain duties.

IMO President Dr Ann Hogan said there remained serious concerns in relation to recruitment and retention of doctors.

An INMO spokesperson said they would be seeking talks on the failure to recruit and retain enough nurses.IFUT general secretary Joan Donegan said they negotiated a number of additional agreements and understandings, on issues affecting third-level education which played a significant part in the outcome”

CPSU general secretary Eoin Ronayne said while the agreement went a considerable distance to restoring pay “our members remain angry over the imposition of the unpaid additional hours which were not addressed in the deal”.

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