“Shallow political shenanigans” – some TDs will forgo pay rises to €108,000 if revised deal is ratified

Some TDs will forgo 6.5 percent pay rises due to more than 370,000 public employees following a review of a state pay deal.

n improved Building Momentum collective agreement was ratified by union leaders yesterday at a meeting at the Irish Trades Union Congress headquarters in Dublin.

The €1.6 billion review means an additional 6.5 percent increase for public employees.

This is on top of the 3 percent already paid, bringing the total cost of the three-year Building Momentum deal to €2.7 billion.

Social Democrats, People Before Profit and Aontú TDs will not accept the new pay rises.

The increases are attributable to the TDs since their wages are linked to the salaries of civil servants.

Peadar Tóibín from Aontú called the pay rises, which will take a TD’s salary to €108,000 by the end of next year, “obscene” during a livelihood crisis. He said he will donate the waived money to local organizations like Meals on Wheels.

Former Fianna Fáil TD Marc MacSharry said he would accept the increases and accused some of those who rejected them of engaging in “superficial political shenanigans”.

“Aontú completely opposes these salary increases for TDs,” said Mr. Tóibín. “We reject salary increases in the public sector from 150,000 euros. We have a serious situation here where civil servants are receiving significant pay increases without tracking productivity or working out effectiveness or accountability for a variety of mistakes that happen in government.”

He said these include hospital waiting lists and faltering housing construction, and that the government could amend the law to “decouple” politicians’ salaries from collective agreements.

Ministers have refrained from increases in recent years, but government sources said a decision on the new increases has not yet been made

Mr MacSharry said the increases were set independently. He said some individuals might be able to turn them down. “I’m not myself,” he said. “Forgoing a raise puts them back in the domain of politicians who set their own salaries, which I don’t share. Some who give up engage in superficial political shenanigans.”

A People Before Profit spokesman said its TDs would donate money from the raises to the Cost of Living Coalition. A Social Democrat spokesman said their TDs had opted to forgo the increase but it was not a party decision.

Ministers have refrained from increases in recent years, but government sources said a decision on the new increases has not yet been made.

The Taoiseach’s department did not respond to a request for comment.

All unions affiliated with the Irish Congress of Trade Unions voted in favor of the proposals.

The payroll means a lump sum along with the first additional 3 percent pay rise as it is dated backdated to February 2nd. The package is expected in November or December.

There will be a further 2 per cent pay rise from March 1st and 1.5 per cent or €750 from October, whichever is greater.

Public Expenditure and Reform Secretary Michael McGrath said he was delighted with the strong union support for the pay deal changes.

“A very wide range of officials will benefit from these increases, including over 42,000 nurses and midwives, 12,000 doctors, consultants and surgeons, 71,000 teachers, 18,000 special needs assistants and 14,000 gardaí,” he said. He said he would submit a memo to the government next week so circulars can be prepared to facilitate the adjustment of payrolls.

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