Fórsa to start ballot on public sector pay deal in February

The team negotiating, ahead of the ballot on the public sector pay agreement speaking to media

Fórsa executive recommends acceptance of new public sector pay terms

Fórsa trade union will commence a ballot on the new public sector pay deal next month.

The union’s National Executive Committee (NEC), made up of elected members of Fórsa from the union’s various sectoral divisions, met this morning and unanimously recommended acceptance of the terms of the deal in the forthcoming ballot.

From next week, the union will commence two weeks of member information meetings in advance of the ballot, which is set to start from 19th February.

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Fórsa general secretary Kevin Callinan said union members would ultimately decide whether to back the new agreement through the national ballot on the public sector pay deal:

“Fórsa is a member-led organisation and, in all matters of policy, it is the members who have the last word.

“This morning the union’s executive backed the terms of the deal negotiated over the past two months, and its recommendation is based on the understanding that the pay terms represent the absolute maximum achievable through negotiations at this time, and that it is the outcome of a challenging negotiations process,” he said.

The previous public service pay agreement, Building Momentum, expired on 31st December 2023. The proposed new deal covers the period from 1st January 2024 to 30th June 2026.

The 19 unions affiliated to the Public Services Committee (PSC) of the Irish Congress of Trade Unions (ICTU), have until Monday 25th March to complete ballots of their members. If the deal is ratified by an aggregate ballot of the PSC it would provide the following pay terms:

2024
• A general round increase in annualised basic salary for all public servants of 2.25% or €1,125, whichever is greater, from 1st January 2024
• A general round increase in annualised basic salary for all public servants of 1% on 1st June 2024
• A general round increase in annualised basic salary for all public servants of 1% or €500, whichever is greater, on 1st October 2024.

2025
• A general round increase in annualised basic salary for all public servants of 2% or €1,000, whichever is greater, on 1st March 2025
• A general round increase in annualised basic salary for all public servants of 1% on 1st August 2025
• The first phase of local bargaining of 1% on 1st September 20225

2026
• A general round increase in annualised basic salary for all public servants of 1% or €500, whichever is greater, on 1st February 2026
• A general round increase in annualised basic salary for all public servants of 1% on 1st June 2026.

The pay proposals are estimated to be 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 benefit is greater for incomes below this level of salary.

If the proposed agreement is accepted, unions will not be able to lodge any ‘cost-increasing’ claims for improvements in pay or conditions during the lifetime of the agreement. However, there are specific provisions for local bargaining, which would allow trade unions to negotiate up to an additional 3% of pay costs, inclusive of allowances, for particular grades, groups or categories of employee.

Read our FAQ on the Public Sector Pay agreement here.

Full text of agreement available here.