IMPACT seeks answers on OSI chief executive’s pay

1st November 2011

IMPACT has written to the chair of Ordnance Survey Ireland (OSI) to demand an explanation of why the board failed to apply the 2010 public service pay cut to its chief executive. The union has since received assurances that no other senior OSI managers were exempt from the pay cut.

The chief executive’s exemption was revealed in a newspaper article, which reported that the Department of Public Expenditure and Reform had ordered the national mapping agency to implement the pay cut and backdate it to January 2010.

In his letter to chairman Kevin Bonner, IMPACT national secretary Matt Staunton said: “OSI staff were disgusted and surprised to read in today’s Irish Times that the OSI board chose not to apply the 2010 pay cut to its chief executive and then defended this position when it was queried by the Department of Finance.

“You are well aware that OSI staff are being required to deliver the massive challenge of reform and modernisation under the Croke Park agreement as staff numbers fall. This will not be made any easier by the discovery that the OSI board believes there is one rule for staff and another for the chief executive when it comes to the implementation of public service pay policy.”

It emerged that the OSI board claimed that pay cut legislation did not apply to the chief executive because of the organisation’s commercial mandate. The department rejected this argument.

IMPACT represents over 250 Ordnance Survey Ireland staff. All of them have been subject to pay cuts averaging 7% since the beginning of 2010, on top of an additional 7% reduction in pay implemented in 2009 through the so-called ‘pension levy’.

Like the union’s 55,000 other public service members, most OSI staff are on modest incomes which have also been substantially reduced by the taxes and charges introduced in recent budgets.