Haddington Road News 2013
The end of the two-tier public service pay system, introduced when lower pay scales for new entrants were introduced at the beginning of 2011, will be announced soon with the publication of new unified pay scales.
IMPACT trade union has said it will take a hard line when it meets management at St Michael’s House this morning (Monday) to discuss proposed cuts to services and staff. The union says it will resist plans to cut services following a proposed HSE funding cut of €1 million, which comes on top of €12 million in savings delivered since 2008 plus €1 million additional savings scheduled under the Haddington Road agreement.
IMPACT trade union today (Wednesday) rejects the assertion made by the Irish Hospital Consultant’s Association (IHCA) that there is ‘significant scope’ to reduce the number of administrative and management staff in the health service. The IHCA made the claim in its pre-budget submission.
IMPACT has said it will not cooperate with the implementation of new working time arrangements in situations where local or sectoral management refuse to allow staff to opt for reduced pay rather than increased hours. The union said withholding this option was a breach of the Haddington Road Agreement (HRA), which came into force this month.
IMPACT members have backed a deal on a single set of terms and conditions for office-based staff in Limerick city and county councils by a margin of 85%. The two authorities are merging into a single local authority under Government reform plans.
The National Council for Special Education (NCSE) announced its overall allocation of SNA numbers for the coming school year yesterday (Wednesday). The total allocation remains the same (10,575 SNA posts) but the specific breakdown has not yet been finalised.
The Central Executive Committee of IMPACT today (Thursday) to accept the terms of the Haddington Road Agreement on public service pay, working conditions and reforms. The union has sought to formally register the agreement with the Labour Relations Commission.