The agreement also requires management to work with union partnerships to avoid the use of temporary workers. And it includes safeguards for the use of internships, clinical placements, work experience and workplace activation measures, which stipulate that there must be a “protocol agreement” with respect to such programs. The proposed new wage deal for state employees will cost more than €900 million over three years, the Ministry of Public Expenditure said. Between June 2010, when the agreement was signed, and the end of 2012, nearly €1 billion was deducted from the public wage bill. The unions said the proposed deal, which would run from January 1 to the end of 2022 if ratified, would mainly weigh on low-income civil servants and civil servants. Disclaimer This document is a summary of the main elements of the Public Service Stability Agreement (PSA). The agreement itself is more comprehensive and contains more details on certain issues than what is expressed here. Readers are invited to refer to the final text of the full agreement for more information. The agreement was followed by other measures, including some concerning working hours, through the Haddington Road agreement. A progressive agreement The PSSA is structured in such a way that low- and middle-income earns relatively more than high-income earners, and by 2020, 73% of civil servants and civil servants will earn more than 7%.

About the duration of the agreement: outsourcing, agency staff and related matters Despite management`s attempts to dilute them considerably, the LSSP maintains all the outsourcing protections that unions obtained during the negotiations that led to the previous Croke Park (2010) and Haddington Road (2013) agreements. “It was a firm goal of the government to reach an agreement to maintain the momentum of reform and change that the public service has during this public health emergency, for example, and that was incorporated into the agreement,” McGrath said. Issues such as unpaid overtime for staff, originally introduced under the 2013 Haddington Road Agreement and which unions wanted to address, are being examined as part of a review due to start in March. A €150 million fund will be set up to address the problems arising from this review. The proposed agreement maintains the existing agreements and the guarantees sought by the unions against the outsourcing of public services. There would also be new dispute settlement mechanisms, including an industrial peace clause consistent with those of previous agreements. Trade union action As with all previous public service agreements, collective action is excluded in situations where the employer adheres to the agreement. The agreement contains a binding procedure for dealing with problems that arise without recourse to industrial action. These restrictions do not extend to matters not covered by the Agreement. Although these substand standard tariffs (which are worth 10% less at each point on each scale) were abolished at the request of unions under the 2013 Haddington Road agreement, “new entrants” continued to have longer pay scales than their longer-term counterparts, with two pay points lower at the beginning of each scale. In some classes, some allowances for newcomers have also been abolished.

Hours of work Although there was no general reduction in working time under the ESSA, the agreement gave employees the option to permanently return to the hours prior to Haddington Road on a pro-rated salary adjustment. Employees were able to opt for this agreement at the beginning of the agreement (January-April 2018) and can do so for a period after its expiry (January-April 2021). .

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