Pub­lic ser­vice work­ers vote for pay deal

Nurses, doc­tors, lower-paid civil ser­vants and univer­sity teach­ers back new pro­posal Deal will see wage rises of be­tween 6.2% and 10% de­pend­ing on worker’s start date

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Nurses, doc­tors, lower-paid civil ser­vants and univer­sity teach­ers have backed the pro­posed new pub­lic ser­vice pay deal.

Mem­bers of the Ir­ish Nurses and Mid­wives Or­gan­i­sa­tion (INMO) voted in favour of the new deal by a mar­gin of 75 per cent to 25 per cent.

Doc­tors who are mem­bers of the Ir­ish Med­i­cal Or­gan­i­sa­tion (IMO) backed the agree­ment by 85 per cent to 15 per cent.

The Civil Pub­lic and Ser­vices Union (CPSU), which rep­re­sents lower-paid civil ser­vants, sup­ported the pro­posed ac­cord by 72 per cent to 28 per cent.

Mem­bers of the Ir­ish Fed­er­a­tion of Univer­sity Teach­ers (IFUT) backed the deal by 93 per cent to 7per cent.

Un­der the pro­posed deal 250,000 peo­ple re­cruited be­fore 2013 will see pay im­prove­ments rang­ing from 6.2 per cent to 7.4 per cent over the next three years.

Less at­trac­tive

For 50,000 peo­ple taken on af­ter 2013 with less at­trac­tive pen­sions, the gains will be be­tween 7 per cent and 10 per cent. How­ever, 23,000 work­ers, in­clud­ing gar­daí who can re­tire early on full pen­sions, will ben­e­fit least from the new ac­cord.

The INMO said it would now seek im­me­di­ate en­gage­ment on the is­sue of re­cruit­ment and re­ten­tion dif­fi­cul­ties fac­ing nurs­ing and mid­wifery.

It said it had re­ceived a com­mit­ment that the Pub­lic Ser­vice Pay Com­mis­sion will pro­duce a first re­port in­volv­ing nurs­ing and mid­wifery in the sec­ond quar­ter of 2018.

IMO pres­i­dent Dr Ann Ho­gan said while the union had rec­om­mended ac­cep­tance and mem­bers had voted in favour of the agree­ment, “there re­mained se­ri­ous con­cerns amongst doc­tors in re­la­tion to the cri­sis of re­cruit­ment and re­ten­tion of doc­tors in our pub­lic health ser­vices”.

Ad­di­tional hours

CPSU gen­eral sec­re­tary Eoin Ron­ayne said: “While the agree­ment goes a con­sid­er­able dis­tance to restor­ing pay and re­mov­ing in part the pen­sion levy . . . it is nev­er­the­less clear that our mem­bers re­main angry over the im­po­si­tion of the un­paid ad­di­tional hours which were not ad­dressed in the deal”.

The new pay deal will be for­mally rat­i­fied by the pub­lic ser­vices com­mit­tee of the Ir­ish Congress of Trade Unions on Mon­day. The first pay rises will come into ef­fect in Jan­uary.

The agree­ment had pre­vi­ously re­ceived sup­port from mem­bers of unions such as Siptu, Im­pact, the Pub­lic Ser­vice Ex­ec­u­tive Union and the As­so­ci­a­tion of Higher Civil and Pub­lic Ser­vants.

How­ever two teach­ing unions, the Ir­ish Na­tional Teach­ers’ Or­gan­i­sa­tion and the Teach­ers’ Union of Ire­land have re­jected the pro­posed ac­cord. An­other large teach­ing union, the ASTI, has urged its mem­bers to re­ject the pro­posed agree­ment but will not be­gin a bal­lot un­til next month.

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