Breaking news on new public service allowances review

It has been reported today (Wednesday) that the Department of Public Expenditure and Reform has asked management in different parts of the public service to eliminate some allowances paid to existing staff – not just new entrants.

The Department says management must engage with unions on this.

IMPACT does not currently have details of what allowances management might seek to abolish.

IMPACT has told the department that it will trigger the Croke Park third party adjudication process if it believes there is a case against a management decision to discontinue any allowance. On foot of the instruction to the various Government departments issued today the union will study details of any allowances that might be earmarked for abolition as a result of today’s instruction. The union is already doing this in respect of allowances for new entrants.

The Croke Park procedures are time-limited and, ultimately, binding on both sides.

We will post further information once we have it.

Read the DPER Outcome of the Review of Public Service Allowances.

Read the DPER FAQ document.

Read the Business Cases put forward for allowances by public service departments and agencies.