Government must make immediate arrangements to negotiate accelerated pay recovery for all public servants

IMPACT trade union issued the following statement today (Friday):

“Last week IMPACT warned that the Lansdowne Road Agreement (LRA) would come under pressure if groups outside the agreement were offered better arrangements than those inside. Yesterday’s Labour Court recommendation in the Garda dispute (recommendation CD/16/321) goes beyond the LRA and therefore represents a material change in the situation.

It is in the best interests of all public servants – the weakest as well as the strongest – that their pay and working conditions are negotiated collectively, and that pay restoration is achieved within a coherent agreement that applies to everyone who delivers public services.

IMPACT is, therefore, calling on the Government to make immediate arrangements for negotiations with ICTU’s Public Services Committee aimed at significantly accelerating the timetable for pay restoration and addressing any other issues that arise from Labour Court recommendation CD/16/321.”