The government supports proposals that civil servants would receive additional pay rises

THE government has backed proposals that mean public servants will receive an additional pay rise worth 6.5 percent this year and next.

Workers would receive a total of 5 percent this year, plus a backdated payment based on previously agreed increases under the existing Building Momentum deal, and an additional 3.5 percent next year.

The proposals were negotiated during late-night talks between government officials and unions yesterday.

Union leaders sparked discussions about a review of the deal earlier this year amid increases in inflation.

Public Expenditure and Reform Secretary Michael McGrath said the government’s secured endorsement of the proposals at today’s cabinet meeting meant the current collective agreement would be extended until the end of 2023.

He said he believes the proposals “strike the right balance between delivering a deal that serves public servants amid cost-of-living challenges and a deal that is sustainable and affordable for the taxpayer.”

“I welcome today’s government approval of proposals to extend the current Building Momentum collective agreement until the end of 2023,” he said.

“If adopted by unions and representative employee organizations, the proposals will provide stability at a time of significant global uncertainty.”

He welcomed Ictu’s recommendation yesterday to suspend planned votes on industrial action while the proposals are considered.

“The proposals will now be examined by vote by members of the Irish Trades Union Congress, other unions and staff representatives and we must respect the democratic process now under way,” he said.

The government offered an additional 6.5 percent in late-night talks to be paid this year and next, bringing the total wage increases for the two years to 8.5 percent.

Mr McGrath said subject to ratification, the review proposals would mean:

  • a 3 percent increase retroactive to February 2 of this year;
  • a 2 percent increase from March 1 next year;
  • another 1.5 pieces or €750, whichever is greater, from October next year

He noted that this was in addition to 1 piece or €500, whichever is greater, was due on October 1st of this year under the original deal.

Another 1pc was paid to most workers under the agreement last February.

Last year, officials received 1pc as part of the deal. The government supports proposals that civil servants would receive additional pay rises

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