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May 2017

Pay talks: update for members

Outsourcing was on the agenda at pay talks yesterday. The management side wants to weaken protections in the Lansdowne Road agreement (LRA) which prevent outsourcing on a ‘race to the bottom’ basis. At present, the LRA requires management to consult with unions and produce a business plan setting out a case for ‘external service delivery and this cannot include labour costs. Abandoning the ‘labour cost’ provision would mean pretty much every business case would support outsourcing – on the basis of minimum wage and rock-bottom workers’ rights – regardless of the impact on service quality and worker protections.

Today the unions will set out the case for an end to the so-called ‘Croke Park hours’. The Department of Public Employment and Reform, on the other hand, is committed to keeping the additional hours.

More from management on employee pension contributions is also expected.

The unions remain focussed on the key objectives of protecting the value of pensions and unwinding FEMPI as quickly as sustainably possible.

Date: Wednesday, 24 May 17