Tuesday 16 January 2018

Nurses facing 11pc cut under pay deal as senators suffer just 1pc hit – unions

Anne-Marie Walsh and Nicola Anderson

Unions and government officials are at loggerheads over claims that the Croke Park II deal will slash public sector workers' wages by up to 11pc.

The Government insists there will be a much lower impact on staff than unions are claiming as a result of the plan to slash the state payroll by €1bn over three years.

A new report commissioned by frontline staff shows that a staff nurse will suffer a 11.4pc loss in pay compared with a cut of just 1pc to a senator's wages.

The figures, commissioned by unions opposing the agreement, show huge differences in the impact of the deal on various public servants.

Compiled by an actuary, it says staff nurses would suffer a €5,662 loss to their €49,501-a-year pay, compared with a €621 loss for a senator on €65,621.

It says gardai would be hit by a 5pc reduction in wages, while firefighters would be down 3pc.

Paramedics and care assistants would suffer deeper cuts of over 9pc, while mid-ranking civil servants face reductions in the region of 7pc.

The report by Joseph G Byrne and Sons Consulting Actuaries for the 24/7 Frontline Services Alliance, assesses the impact of cuts including extra unpaid hours, reductions in overtime pay and allowances .

It also takes account of a freeze and delays in increments for the country's 290,000 public servants.

Those earning over €65,000-a-year will suffer a pay cut of over 5.5pc from July, if the agreement is ratified.

Government ministers and senior civil service officials have insisted the agreement is as fair as can be achieved by all grades.

The chief government negotiator on the proposals has criticised union figures.

Assistant Secretary at the Department of Public Expenditure and Reform, Paul Reid, cast doubt on data about the impact on typical workers.

He pointed out that 72pc of nurses do not work overtime and the deal would reduce their gross pay by 3pc.

Irish Independent

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