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May 2017

Update on pay talks

Yesterday (22 May 2017) the pay talks opened with a presentation from the Department of Finance on the broad economic outlook which while broadly positive contained warnings on Brexit and other external risks. The presentation by John McCarthy (Chief Economist at the Department of Finance) is available here.

The Department of Public Expenditure and Reform (DPER) provided a view of the available ‘fiscal space’, confirming projections that 2018 will be the tightest of the next three years in terms of money available for pay restoration and other priorities. The presentation by Annette Connolly (Central Expenditure Management section in DPER) is available here.

DPER went on to outline productivity demands and the unions set out non-pay agenda items, including working hours. DPER issued a statement after the talks adjourned saying it would not issue further statements until talks have concluded.

Today (Tuesday) will see opening negotiations on outsourcing, apprenticeships and various other non-pay issues.

Date: Tuesday, 23 May 17