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September 2017

Congress accepts Public Service Stability Agreement 2018-2020

The Public Services Committee of the Irish Congress of Trade Unions voted this morning by a margin of 80 per cent to 20 per cent (Monday 18 September 2017) to accept the Public Service Stability Agreement (2018 – 2020).  The aggregate ballot of the PSC paves the way for the implementation of the agreement covering 300,000 public servants.

The agreement was backed by SIPTU, IMPACT and INMO as well as by unions representing doctors, civil servants and IFUT which represents university teachers. The INTO voted against acceptance of the agreement as did the TUI and UNITE.

In July this year INTO members voted to reject the agreement. The CEC had recommended rejection of the terms of the agreement on the basis that it did not progress the issue of pay equality imposed by government on new entrant teachers.

Speaking after the vote Sheila Nunan, general secretary of the INTO and president of ICTU said she recognised that there is now an agreement in place but pay inequality is clearly an issue for teachers.

“Teachers voted to reject the agreement, not because of what’s in it, but because of what’s not in it,” she said. “It fails to address pay inequality.”

She said the INTO executive would meet later this week to consider the outcome of today’s vote. She said every option would be explored. 

Ms Nunan called for an immediate commencement of an engagement to resolve the pay equality issue and provide a clear pathway for pay equality within a defined timeframe. She said that there was strong support for the resolution of this issue among all unions at today’s meeting.

The Public Service Stability Agreement provides for pay restoration totalling 5.75%

between 2018 and 2020 and a reduction in the so called pension levy. The agreement also preserves the value of public service pensions.

Main provisions of the Public Sector Stability Agreement

  • 1st January 2018: 1% pay adjustment
  • 1st October 2018: 1% pay adjustment
  • 1st January 2019: Pension levy threshold up from €28,750 to €32,000 (worth €325pa)
  • 1st January 2019: 1% pay adjustment for those earning less than €30,000
  • 1st September 2019: 1.75% pay adjustment
  • 1st January 2020: Pension levy threshold increased to €34,500 (worth €250pa)
  • 1st January 2020: 0.5% pay increase for those earning less than €32,000
  • 1st October 2020: 2% pay adjustment

Date: Monday, 18 September 17