27th April 2018
Talks to address pay equality for public servants recruited since 2011 get underway today. Public Service unions will meet with officials from government departments, led by the Department of Public Expenditure and Reform (DPER), with talks expected to continue over a number of weeks.
The discussions follow the publication, in March, of Minister Paschal Donohoe’s report examining the remaining salary scale issues for post January-2011 entrants to the public service. The report was issued under Section 11 of the Public Service Pay and Pensions Act, 2017.
Representatives from each of the unions in the Public Services Committee (PSC) of ICTU, including INTO, are attending the talks.
Teachers have been particularly affected by pay inequality due to factors including the strong recruitment of teachers in the period since January 2011, the reversion from the previous starting point on scale and the unique length of teacher pay scales. Each of the three teacher unions adopted a common motion on pay equality at the Easter conferences.