Pay Recovery

Shay CodyPay and income restoration is one of IMPACT’s main priorities this year, as outlined at the union’s 2014 biennial conference. The union is working to:

  • Pursue pay increases in the public service once the Government meets its target of bringing the deficit below 3% of GDP, a target which is expected to be reached this year
  • Seek the restoration of frozen increments in the community and voluntary sector, and pursue pay increases in the sector to match any movement in the public service
  • Seek and support a continued “successful wage round” in the private sector among companies that can afford to pay
  • Work with other unions to make the recently re-established Joint Labour Committees effective in protecting pay and working conditions in the economy’s lowest paid sectors, and
  • Continue to prioritise job creation as the core economic policy because employment is the biggest determinate of income for most individuals and their families. Employment must remain a top priority across the union movement, including among public service unions.

IMPACT began the campaign in early 2014 in anticipation of the unwinding of FEMPI legislation and the necessary pay talks which would proceed the ending of the Haddington Road Agreement mid 2016.

“Pay improvements across all sectors would have the immediate effect of boosting domestic demand. Most of that money would go straight into Ireland’s small and medium businesses as the extra cash is far more likely to be spent locally. This would be a key driver of job creation and the improvement of living standards generally” Shay Cody, General Secretary IMPACT trade union

Campaign News

IMPACT executive to recommend vote in favour of Lansdowne Road Agreement

Wednesday 3rd June 2015

The Central Executive Committee (CEC) of IMPACT trade union will recommend a vote in favour of the Lansdowne Road Agreement, ahead of a ballot of IMPACT members which will get underway from next week. continuereading1

Outcome of public sector pay talks

Friday 29th May 2015

Following intensive discussions facilitated by the Labour relations Commission (LRC), public service trade unions have concluded an agreement with the Government today (Friday 29th) which will see the protections of the Haddington Road Agreement extended to September 2018, and include a phased restoration of pay during the lifetime of the two-year agreement. continuereading1

Pay recovery is vital if Government jobs target is to be achieved – IMPACT

January 15, 2015

Pay recovery across all sectors of the Irish economy is vital if the Government is to achieve its target of full employment by 2018, according to Ireland’s largest public sector trade union, IMPACT. The union’s general secretary, Shay Cody, said that the Government’s objective to achieve full employment two years earlier than originally planned is

Pension levy “a sensible place to start” on pay recovery

December 10, 2014

IMPACT general secretary Shay Cody has said that, in terms of achieving pay improvement in the public sector, he hoped that there would be a consensus between the employer and unions that the pension levy would be “a sensible place to start.” Shay was taking part in a discussion about pay restoration on the Today

IMPACT urges pay recovery as earnings fall

August 27, 2014

IMPACT has said new CSO figures, which show earnings have fallen in both the public and private sectors despite rising growth and employment, underline the need for pay increases in all sectors of the economy. The union also hit back at media and business claims that the CSO stats, published on Monday (25th August) showed

Pay recovery negotiations flagged for 2015

August 11, 2014

Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform Brendan Howlin has said there will be negotiations next year on the start of public service pay restoration. In an interview with the Irish Independent on Saturday (9th August), Minister Howlin warned that the pay cuts of recent years would not be restored all at once. But he said

Pay restoration vital to Irish economic recovery – IMPACT

November 24, 2014

The next vital phase of economic recovery won’t happen without pay restoration in all sectors of the Irish economy, according to IMPACT deputy general secretary Kevin Callinan. He said wage recovery was essential to improve reduced living standards and encourage domestic spending, which would in turn create more jobs. Kevin was speaking during a panel

Growth requires wage recovery

September 15, 2014

The next phase of growth won’t happen without pay rises in all sectors of the Irish economy, according to IMPACT general secretary Shay Cody. He said wage recovery was essential to improve reduced living standards and encourage domestic spending, which would create more jobs. Shay was speaking after the finance minister announced economic growth of

IMPACT general secretary sets out pay priorities

May 21, 2014

The leader of Ireland’s largest public service union today (Thursday) set out his union’s priorities for pay and income restoration arising from a “slow and fragile” economic recovery. IMPACT general secretary Shay Cody told his union’s biennial delegate conference in Killarney, county Kerry, that the union would: Pursue pay increases in the public

Tax cuts are not an alternative to pay increases says union leader

May 21, 2014

Issued 14.05.14 A leader of one of Ireland’s most influential trade unions has rejected the idea that tax cuts can be an alternative to pay increases as Ireland comes out of recession. Speaking at the opening of IMPACT’s biennial delegate conference In Killarney this evening (Wednesday) the union’s president Kevin O’Malley said focussing solely on

How should we answer “Ireland’s Call” to recovery?

March 14, 2014

People all over the country are gearing up for tomorrow’s match against France for the Six Nations title. Fresh off the back of a spectacular victory against Italy, there is a just tangible self-belief that this is Ireland’s year. No doubt, the quiet confidence mixes with the smell of fresh polish emanating from the