IMPACT statement on proposals for an extension to the Croke Park agreement

Wednesday 27th February 2013

IMPACT’s Central Executive Committee is meeting tomorrow (Thursday 28th February) to discuss the forthcoming ballot on Labour Relations Commission (LRC) proposals for an extension to the Croke Park agreement .

The LRC proposals cover a very wide range of issues. They will result in loss of income for a proportion of public servants, and changes in conditions for many more.

However, faced with management’s determination to make large additional cuts to the pay bill – by agreement or by legislation – the unions’ task was to minimise the adverse effects on our members and the services they provide.

IMPACT and other unions succeeded in reducing the severity of management proposals in every important area. For example:

  • We have retained the commitment that there will be no compulsory redundancies in the public service. 
  • We have delivered measures that will eliminate the “two-tier” workforce introduced when the previous Government imposed an additional 10% cut in pay scales for new entrants.
  • On working time, we have successfully moved management from its position that all public servants should work an additional five hours a week regardless of their current working hours. 
  • On increments, we have successfully moved management from its position, which was that all increments should be frozen until the end of 2016.
  • On premium payments, we have moved management from its position, which was that payment for working Sundays should be reduced from double time to time and a half, and that premiums for Saturday working should be abolished outright.
  • Overtime payments, which management wanted to abolish, have also been preserved in a modified form. 
  • On flexitime, we have been able to modify the management position on the grades to retain the facility, and on changes to its detailed terms.
  • Although we have not accepted Government plans to cut so-called “higher pay”, the negotiations have resulted in less severe cuts, a higher threshold at which cuts are imposed and, importantly, a form of implementation that means pay can be restored in time for those who earn less than €100,000 a year.
  • The proposals will also see a small restoration of pension levy reductions for all public servants.
  • On redeployment, the negotiations successfully moved management from its position which, among other things, was that the limit for redeployment should be increased from 45km to 100km.  There will be no change to the 45km limit.  
  • Despite some media reports, there is no change to the existing situation regarding allowances.

Read IMPACT’S summary of the proposals HERE.

Read the full Labour Relations Commission proposals document HERE.