Information Circular No 46/2017: Ballot on Public Service Stability Agreement (PSSA) 2018 – 2020

By Industrial Relations Officer

The counting of ballots on the Public Service Stability Agreement (PSSA) 2018 – 2020 was completed on Wednesday the 20th December, 2017. The result of the ballot is as follows:

PSSA Ballot Result

Yes 88.7%

No 11.3%

The membership has voted to accept the terms of the Agreement. PDFORRA will now proceed to draw up and sign the Agreement and also register the Agreement with the Workplace Relations Commission for the purposes of Section 3(2) of the Public Services Pay and Pensions Act, 2017.

In the absence of notification of acceptance, the membership of PDFORRA would have faced the prospect of being deemed “non-covered Public Servants”. The consequences being deemed a “non-covered public servant” are stark with increment freezes under Section 22, and delayed restoration payments under sections 13, 14 and 15 of the Act.

In a press release issued after the announcement of the result, Gerard Guinan – General Secretary, said: “The membership of the Association has voted to accept the Agreement, which must be distinguished from giving a ringing endorsement of its terms. Under the terms of the Agreement, the hard pressed members of PDFORRA faced the prospect of draconian increment freezes and delays in restoration payments, none of which can be endured by struggling Defence Force families”.

Gerard Guinan continued: “While the membership of PDFORRA has agreed to be bound by the Agreement, the Association expect the Department to continue its engagement on those issues which remain outstanding following the conclusion of talks. PDFORRA cannot countenance a situation where its members are to be treated less favourably than other public servants who successfully concluded side deals in the run up to negotiations on the PSSA”.

PDFORRA has submitted correspondence to both the Department of Defence and the Workplace Relations Commission confirming acceptance by the membership of PDFORRA.

 

Issued on the 21/12/2017

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