Information Circular 13/2013: Update Following Meeting with the Labour Relations Commission (LRC) Regarding Croke Park Agreement – Extension

By Industrial Relations Officer

PDFORRA met with the Labour Relations Commission on Tuesday 30th of April 2013.  The meeting was called by the LRC, at the behest of the Government, to give feedback on the LRC Proposals and to see if there is any way forward in terms making additional public service payroll savings.

The LRC are meeting public service unions on an individual basis and they do not envisage collective discussions.

The LRC indicated that they had been asked to pass on certain information from the Government and to see if PDFORRA had any ideas as to how the savings might be achieved.  They emphasised that the savings had to be achieved from the payroll and that alternatives, such as taxation, were not options the Government were willing to consider.  In the event that it is not possible to reach agreement with the Public Service Unions, the LRC indicated that the Government would proceed to implement the following measures (amongst others):

  • A permanent cut for those earning over a certain sum
  • The total abolition of increments for all public servants
  • An implementation date of the 1st of June rather than the 1st of July
  • Redeployment without geographical limits
  • Reductions in overtime rates and in the amounts of overtime
  • Reduction in premia/shift rates and revised roster arrangements

The Association outlined that it has an offer from the Government and is currently considering same.  The Association further stated that PDFORRA constitutes a separate bargaining stream with the Government and does not accept that the Irish Congress of Trade Unions (ICTU) rejection of the proposals has any bearing on the proposals that have been negotiated and which are currently being considered.

PDFORRA will continue to keep members informed and will issue further updates as matters develop.  The LRC undertook to revert to PDFORRA on the issue next week.

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