Last updated: September 2019 Click here for the full text of the agreement. This is the second wage adjustment to be implemented this year. The salaries of civil servants earning less than 30,000 euros a year increased by 1% in January, while those earning more than 30,000 euros benefited from a reduced contribution to the “additional contribution” that replaced the “pension contribution” under the PSSA. Outsourcing, personnel and related issues Despite management`s attempts to significantly dilute them, the PSSA maintains all outsourcing protections acquired by unions in negotiations that resulted in previous agreements at Croke Park (2010) and Haddington Road (2013). GRA`s general secretary, Pat Ennis, called the meeting a “conditioning exercise,” not only for public service employees, but also for all workers and for the country as a whole. The 2% increase due on 1 October for 340,000 state employees is the latest tranche of the restoration of wage cuts made as part of austerity measures. In addition, from January 2019, the “additional contribution” for ineligible public and public service items, including overtime payments not eligible for retirement, will no longer be payable. The salaries of civil servants and civil servants will increase by 1.75% from this month. This increase will also be due to staff from non-commercial para-state enterprises and Section 38 organizations, including large voluntary hospitals. Under these measures, “newcomers” will jump two points, the fourth and eighth, on each pay scale.
The city welcomed this result, as it guarantees a fair result for “new entrants” regardless of their service time. Late last month, Public Spending and Reform Minister Michael McGrath called on public service unions and public service associations to formally negotiate a new wage agreement to replace the Public Service Stability Agreement, which expires on December 31. The current three-year PSSA expires on 31 December and preliminary contacts are under way between the government and the various trade unions and associations representing some 340,000 civil servants. As with all previous public service agreements, work is excluded in situations where the employer complies with the agreement. The agreement provides for a binding procedure to resolve problems that arise without any decision on trade union actions. These restrictions do not apply to matters that are not covered by the agreement. The agreement also requires management to work with unions to minimize the use of temporary workers.