Thursday 17 January 2019

Union wants pay rises for public service recruits in next budget

(Stock photo)
(Stock photo)

Anne-Marie Walsh

Finance Minister Paschal Donohoe's department has warned there is only "a set pot of money" for pay rises following a demand for hikes for public service recruits.

It was responding after senior union negotiator Tom Geraghty called on the Government to reverse pay cuts for new entrants in the next budget.

He said it should put money aside for increases for those recruited from 2011. They start on lower rates than their colleagues for two years before getting the same pay.

Reversing the cuts in the budget would cost more than €200m and the current pay deal says a review of the issue that is under way should not push up costs. Mr Geraghty is among union leaders who are due to meet Government officials to discuss the issue next Friday.

"While it is correct to say that no monies have been allocated to do this in 2018, I believe that Ireland's strengthening economic and Exchequer recovery means it should be possible to start funding it next year, rather than delaying until 2020 or beyond," he told delegates at Fórsa's civil service division conference in Killarney, Co Kerry.

"That would require funds to be allocated in October's budget."

A department spokesperson declined to comment on Mr Geraghty's statement but said there was a "set pot of money" to fund the deal.

Irish Independent

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