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The claims

Higher pay scales

Unions for HSE staff said they should get the higher salary scales of civil service grades up to and including higher executive officer when they transferred. The civil service grades got these pay scales under a past national agreement.

The HSE staff had been rewarded in other ways under the same deal, in the form of different pay benefits and three long-service increments.

Their unions claimed the scales could be given on a 'cost-neutral' basis, but the arbitration board found the claim would "increase costs" and "could be regarded as a double benefit".

Superintendent community welfare officers argued they should have the benefits of a deal enjoyed by civil service grades in the past.

The national agreement -- dating from the 1990s -- was worth 1pc of the payroll of principal officer grades and was given in the form of higher scales or other benefits. But the board said the welfare officers were not given these benefits at the time of the deal, so "to provide for it now would be a cost increasing measure".

Community welfare officers paid a pension contribution but unions argued some of them should no longer have to when they became civil servants. They said their salaries when they became higher executive officers should be based on civil service arrangements.

On this basis, staff recruited before 1995 would stop paying a pension contribution but the board said it could not address the issue.

The board rejected a claim on behalf of roughly 40 FAS staff that they should get the same pay as the assistant principal grade when they were "recertified" to this grade. This was because they would be doing the same job for lower pay.

SIPTU said it was open to having the staff apply for the jobs on the higher salaries over time, if they came up. The board suggested further talks.

Irish Independent