Unions ballot members over public sector pay offer

Ireland

Fórsa, SIPTU, INMO, AHCPS and other public service unions are consulting their members over the latest pay offer from the government which would provide for a series of pay increases over a 30-month period from 1 January 2024 to 30 June 2026. The unions have until 25 March to complete the ballots. If an aggregate of the members of all the unions vote in favour then the agreement would provide the following pay increases: in 2024 – 2.25% or €1,125, whichever is greater, from 1 January; 1% on 1 June; 1% or €500, whichever is greater, on 1 October; in 2025 – 2% or €1,000, whichever is greater, on 1 March; 1% on 1 August and the first phase of local bargaining of 1% on 1 September; in 2026 – 1% or €500, whichever is greater, on 1 February and 1% on 1 June. Fórsa estimates that the deal is worth up to 17.3% for lower paid workers. This is because the flat-rate elements of the pay deal are worth more to public servants earning below €50k per annum. The proposed agreement also maintains protections against outsourcing and provision for local bargaining on issues related to specific grades/ sectors within the parameters of the agreement.

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