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'Industrial peace' on the way if unions accept pay proposals

If the union’s proposals are accepted, the ‘essential elements’ of the Croke Park Agreement will remain in place.

Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform, Brendan Howlin TD
Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform, Brendan Howlin TD
Image: Laura Hutton/Photocall Ireland

UNIONS HAVE DRAFTED pay proposals for consideration following talks at the Labour Relations Commission.

The ongoing talks on a new public sector pay deal continued as three teacher unions who had rejected the Croke Park II deal met with the LRC this morning.

Outcome

Minister Brendan Howlin briefed his cabinet colleagues this morning on the outcome of talks at the LRC.

He said that “following intensive negotiations, the unions have now draft proposals for agreement for consideration under their own rules and procedures”.

The Minister thanked all those involved in the talks, particularly the LRC, and restated that Government “had sought at all times to make the necessary savings by agreement”.

He said that if these proposals are accepted “it will be possible to achieve the required savings and major increases in public service productivity”.

The essential elements and protection of the Croke Park Agreement will remain in place. That will benefit both people working in the public service and all of us who rely on public services.
From the national perspective, industrial peace in the public service can be secured at a critical time in our path to economic recovery.

The Government also approved the text and publication of legislation to reduce pay for those earning over €65,000, the parallel reduction in public service pensions and other contingent measures.

These measures are to enable the Government achieve its savings requirements in the event of non-ratification of collective agreements, Howlin said.

The legislation will be published on Thursday.

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