Press Release

SIPTU on LRC proposals for pay and reform in the Public Service

Date Released: 23 May 2013

“We recommend acceptance of the new proposals for an agreement on pay and reform in the Public Service for the period 2013 – 2016.

They optimise the potential for generating savings through progressive measures such as the replacement of agency staff with directly employed workers.  Meanwhile, they address key concerns in relation to premium pay and overtime rates as well as the organisation of working time for members on less than €65,000 per annum, to the greatest possible degree.  Simultaneously they provide for the payment of increments and clarity as to when temporarily reduced pay rates will be reinstated for those who are paid between €65,000 and €105,000 per annum.
 
Acceptance of these new terms would preserve the provisions of the original Croke Park Agreement affording protection against compulsory redundancy, redeployment in excess of 45km and the potential for outsourcing. They would also maintain the entitlement of Public Service workers to a say in the reform process.  Meanwhile, they would guarantee security of income throughout a continuing period of economic uncertainty.
 
If the Government legislates to effect cuts unilaterally in the event of rejection of these proposals we will move immediately to a ballot for industrial action and for strike action.
 
The proposals will be the subject of extensive consultation throughout the membership, to be followed by a secret ballot over the next four weeks.
 
The proposals will be the subject of extensive consultation throughout the membership, to be followed by a secret ballot over the next four weeks.   Members are urged to make contact with their relevant union representatives or through the Membership Information Support Centre (MISC – 1890 747881 or by visiting the union’s website www.siptu.ie) with regard to arrangements to participate.”

To read the full LRC proposals click here


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