Last week, the Ministry of Public Expenditure informed public service representatives that it did not foresee an increase in public service salaries, either at the national or sectoral level, as part of a new agreement in 2021. However, the supplements would be paid as usual. Mr Callinan acknowledged that any succession agreement must be realistic in a context of “extremely difficult economic and fiscal situation,” citing the economic consequences of the Covid 19 pandemic and Brexit. The union explained that under the current wage agreement and previous adjustments, about 90 per cent of public servants and public servants had returned to their base salaries at the 2009 level. She also called for initiatives to support a four-day week for equal pay, remote work and more public holidays. However, Mr. McGrath felt that it was possible for all parties to make a constructive commitment to an agreement that would benefit everyone, including citizens and businesses that depend on essential public services, as well as employees who work so hard to deliver them. Newcomers The term “new entrants” refers to people who started working in the public service after 2011 (and organizations related to it for wage purposes) when the government imposed, without agreement, lower pay scales for new employees. “Any agreement must reflect the current context facing the country and end with considerable economic uncertainty.” Discussions will begin later this week at the Labour Relations Board, in line with public health restrictions. Until the agreement expires, more than 90% of public servants and civil servants will earn as much, or more than when wage cuts were introduced in 2010 and (for the best income) in 2013. Nearly a quarter (low wages) have been completely removed from the “retirement tax” introduced in 2009.
The rest will make cuts in these payments, the rest being turned into “additional contributions.” “The union also wants a mechanism of issues specific to certain grades and categories of staff and points out that in the years following the banking crisis, salaries in the civil service have not kept pace with cumulative inflation – or wage movements throughout the economy.” EU representatives discussed the possibility of setting up pilot projects in the public and private sectors to examine the feasibility of setting up a four-day week without loss of pay or productivity.