Civil servants and civil servants whose working hours have been extended under the 2013 Haddington Road Agreement (HRA) will suffer a reduction in their working hours next year if the proposed new public service agreement is passed in votes by union members. The reality was that regardless of the union`s position, no government would be able to reduce the availability of key health workers at this time, as there are currently more than 7,000 health and care workers on duty due to Covid-related absences. Here`s what`s included in the comments on the new `Haddington Road` public pay deal „It`s absolutely clear that there would have been no public service agreement if this issue hadn`t been addressed,“ he said. It was a general principle of previous governments and the Ministry of Public Expenditure that, although wage cuts introduced during the austerity era were temporary and were reversed over time, parallel reforms of labour practice would be permanent. These included overtime and unpaid staff hours introduced in 2013 at the height of the recession under the Haddington Road Agreement. Some members expressed disappointment that the proposed new agreement did not immediately restore all the time wasted. The reason for this is that ERS overtime applied to a large number of degrees, including nurses and clinicians. And during the negotiations, the unions rightly argued that any successful solution required a unified approach that should apply to all groups that had lost. Under the new civil service contract, Haddington Road overtime should not be cancelled immediately. However, an independent body has been set up to report on its audit of the whole area by the end of the year. Above all, the government has agreed to set up a fund of 150 million euros in 2020 to finance the implementation of its recommendations. The full agreement can be read here, but here is a brief guide to what is included in the proposals: the terms of the agreement are to reduce the public wage bill by €1 billion by 2015, although it does not contain any specific guarantee that the wage bill for 2013 will be reduced by €300 million, as the government had requested. He added that if no progress is made, it will set the tone for discussions on a successor agreement, which are expected to begin next year.
Kevin Callinan, President of the PSC, said a commitment to solving the problem was fundamental to reaching an agreement on Building Momentum. The proposed agreement would provide three elements that seemed inaccessible not long ago. The PSC states that public servants and public servants believe that overtime was indeed taxed, although it was introduced by mutual agreement because it was presented as the only alternative to a third pay cut for low- and middle-income public servants. The Building Momentum agreement, reached last December, includes a commitment to resolve the issue through an independent body chaired by Kieran Mulvey. Public Expenditure Minister Michael McGrath told the Irish Times in an interview last February that the government „is not committed to completely reversing overtime, but we are putting in place a process that explores exactly the consequences of what it would be, and we are committed to getting started. And the remaining recommendations will be taken into account as part of the budget announcement for next year (2022), which is expected to take place after the conclusion of negotiations on the next public service agreement. The conditions for further progress are therefore prepared. This is according to the Public Services Committee (PSC) of the Irish Congress of Trade Unions (ICTU), which claims that €150 million allocated to solving the problem under the current public service agreement, Building Momentum, would be enough to „largely achieve“ the management of the hours. The Public Interest Financial Emergency Measures Act, 2013 (FEMPI Act) gave legal effect to important provisions of the Haddington Highway Agreement.
The 2013 FEMPI law also provided for a further reduction in the salaries of civil servants receiving an annual salary of €65,000 or more, as well as a reduction in public sector pensions of more than €32,500. The full text of the revised public sector wage agreement was published this afternoon. A process to review the work week of hundreds of thousands of employees across the public service was an important concession made by the government during the negotiations that led to the wage agreement for public servants last December. DOH Circular 2/2014 on Retention of Staff during Current Working Hours (before July 1, 2013) – March 2014 The elimination of unpaid hours still worked by civil servants and civil servants under the 2013 Haddington Road Agreement would not result in additional costs, reduced productivity or poor quality of service. Eliminating health care hours alone would equate to the loss of 3,000 employees, it is estimated. However, the unions ultimately want overtime to be abolished, and a key question will undoubtedly be how much it would cost. It is also claimed that the hours were counterproductive in terms of service delivery as well as productivity. However, the PSC argues that this does not take into account the fact that not all unpaid hours necessarily need to be replaced, as other changes in efficiency and productivity in services have been made since the introduction of the Haddington Highway Agreement as a cost-cutting measure. .