Funding to Resolve Pay Inequality Demanded by INTO President

A process is currently underway, to address salary scale issues for post-January 2011 entrants, between public service unions and the Department of Public Expenditure and Reform. This process will continue over the coming weeks. INTO’s Central Executive Committee (CEC) is closely monitoring the process and remains focussed on achieving an outcome that will be put to a ballot of members, in accordance with the Congress 2018 resolution.

This engagement under the Public Service Stability Agreement (PSSA) involves multiple grades across a wide range of the public-sector unions. It follows the publication in March of a government report examining the remaining salary scale issues for post-January 2011 entrants to the public service.

Parallel to the post-2011 salary scale engagement there is a separate PSSA process examining Recruitment and Retention issues in the public service. This is being conducted by the Public Service Pay Commission with an initial focus on certain health grades. A report from the Commission is due at the end of June.

Government has indicated that it will only deal with all the issues that emerge from both the new entrant salary scale and the recruitment and retention processes when they are completed. INTO President Joe Killeen called on the government to make clear that funding will be committed to commence the long overdue resolution to pay inequality.