New public sector pay agreement is maximum achievable

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

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The officers of the Public Services Committee (PSC) of ICTU have this morning (Friday) briefed the 19 affiliate unions on the terms of the new public sector pay agreement. It was finalised just before 9am this morning, following almost 22 hours of continued talks at the Workplace Relations Commission (WRC).

The PSC officers advised affiliates that the pay terms of the new agreement, valued at 10.25% over 2.5 years, represented the “absolute maximum achievable” through negotiations at this time, and the outcome of a challenging negotiations process, which commenced at the end of November 2023.

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The affiliate unions have been asked to consider the terms of the deal and begin the process of organising ballots of union members, with a balloting period to extend until Monday 25th March, in order to provide adequate time for all unions to consider the terms of the new agreement and to ballot their members.

Union negotiators said the improvements in the pay adjustments due in 2024 – valued at 4.25% for the year – would mean that public service workers would receive more money in the first year than originally envisaged in the Government’s initial pay offer, providing a noticeable difference in pay this year at a time when workers are still feeling the impact of three consecutive years of inflation.
In addition, the pay provisions in 2025 will, as unions had sought, deliver more for lower paid workers.

In addition to the pay measures, the PSC officers advised affiliate unions that the agreement also provides for the implementation of a number of outstanding Labour Court recommendations, as well as provisions for local bargaining.

Local bargaining terms included in the agreement 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.

Detailed arrangements for local bargaining are to be agreed by the 30th of June this year, with local negotiations to take place between July 2024 and June 2025, and agreements secured, to the greatest extent possible, through direct negotiations.

Proposed Public Sector Pay Adjustments for the period 1st January 2024 to 30th June 2026

2024

  • A general round increase in annualised basic salary for all public servants of 2.25% or €1,125, whichever is greater, on 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.

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.

Full text of agreement available here.