Monday 23 April 2018

Impact wants talks to end 'crisis of pay inequality'

IMPACT deputy general secretary Kevin Callinan. Photo: Collins Photo Agency
IMPACT deputy general secretary Kevin Callinan. Photo: Collins Photo Agency
Katherine Donnelly

Katherine Donnelly

The second-largest public service union, Impact, wants a new round of negotiations to end two-tier pay scales to start immediately, if the latest deal is accepted in September.

Impact has voted 77pc-23pc in favour of the Public Service Stability Agreement (PSSA), the successor to the Lansdowne Road Agreement (LRA), which began the process of pay restoration in the public service after years of austerity.

The Impact result makes it more likely that the deal will be carried by an overall majority within the ICTU public-services committee.

However, Impact deputy general secretary Kevin Callinan has called for discussions on dealing with pay inequality for new entrants to the public service, which was not addressed in the agreement.

He said that if the deal was accepted by a majority of ICTU public service unions when the committee met on September 18 next, discussions on addressing two-tier pay scales should then begin immediately.

Lower pay for new entrants is a particular bone of contention in the education sector.

Last week, the Irish National Teachers' Organisation attributed its rejection of the deal to the PSSA's failure to end the disparity.

Impact also represents large numbers of education staff, including special needs assistants and school secretaries.

Mr Callinan said the benefits of the PSSA were soured by the "corrosive iniquity" between staff recruited before and after 2011, which, in the public service, "is now the number one legacy of the crisis. It needs to be dealt with urgently and conclusively."

Irish Independent

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