THE country’s largest trade union has recommended its members in the public sector accept the new proposals on the Croke Park II deal.
SIPTU’s rejection of the original proposals effectively brought down the original deal.
SIPTU’s National Executive Council has recommended acceptance of the new proposals for an agreement on pay and reform in the public service from 2013 to 2016.
“They optimise the potential for generating savings through progressive measures such as the replacement of agency staff with directly employed workers.
“Meanwhile, they address key concerns in relation to premium pay and overtime rates as well as the organisation of working time for members on less than €65,000 per annum, to the greatest possible degree.
“Simultaneously they provide for the payment of increments and clarity as to when temporarily reduced pay rates will be reinstated for those who are paid between €65,000 and €105,000 per annum,” the union said in a statement.