Pay deal gets back­ing of lec­tur­ers, medics and cler­i­cal staff

Irish Independent - - NEWS - Kather­ine Don­nelly and Eil­ish O’Re­gan

DOC­TORS, nurses, uni­ver­sity lec­tur­ers and pub­lic ser­vice cler­i­cal work­ers have ac­cepted the new pub­lic pay deal.

The Ir­ish Fed­er­a­tion of Uni­ver­sity Teachers (IFUT) voted to 93pc in favour of the Pub­lic Ser­vices Sta­bil­ity Agree­ment (PSSA), while sup­port within the Ir­ish Medical Or­gan­i­sa­tion (IMO) ran to 85pc.

The Ir­ish Nurses and Mid­wives Or­gan­i­sa­tion (INMO) voted 75pc in favour, slightly ahead of 72pc in the Civil Pub­lic & Ser­vices Union (CPSU).

The deal now looks cer­tain to be rat­i­fied at a meet­ing of the Ir­ish Con­gress of Trade Unions (ICTU) on Mon­day, although two teacher unions have voted against – and the third is rec­om­mend­ing re­jec­tion be­cause of its fail­ure to end two-tier pay rates.

Be­cause it is deemed a col­lec­tive agree­ment, the ben­e­fits of the deal will ap­ply to mem­bers of unions that vote against it, although if they “re­pu­di­ate” it by re­fus­ing to do cer­tain du­ties they could be at risk.

IMO president Dr Ann Ho­gan said there re­mained se­ri­ous con­cerns in re­la­tion to re­cruit­ment and re­ten­tion of doc­tors.

An INMO spokesper­son said it would be seek­ing talks on the fail­ure to re­cruit and re­tain enough nurses. IFUT gen­eral sec­re­tary Joan Done­gan said it ne­go­ti­ated a num­ber of ad­di­tional agree­ments and un­der­stand­ings on is­sues af­fect­ing third-level ed­u­ca­tion.

CPSU gen­eral sec­re­tary Eoin Ron­ayne said while the PSSA went a con­sid­er­able way to restor­ing pay “our mem­bers re­main an­gry over the im­po­si­tion of the un­paid ad­di­tional hours which were not ad­dressed in the deal”.

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