Public wage talks set to resume next week – The Irish Times


Public wage negotiations are set to resume next week after the Workplace Relations Commission (WRC) issued an invitation to unions and government officials. Talks between the two sides broke down in June.

A government offer of a combined 5 per cent pay rise over two years on top of the 2 per cent in the existing deal was rejected by unions at the time as “not credible”.

In recent weeks senior Coalition officials, including Public Expenditure and Reform Minister Michael McGrath, have signaled their willingness to make a new bid.

The Public Services Committee (PSC) of the Irish Trades Union Congress (Ictu) has now confirmed that the WRC has called on unions and senior officials from the Department of Public Expenditure and Reform (DPER) to resume wage negotiations on Monday.

Kevin Callinan, who chairs the PSC, said unions would engage positively in the process and were prepared to be flexible.

He reaffirmed the unions’ position that a “significantly improved wage offer” from the government was needed.

Unions representing most Irish public sector workers are preparing industrial action polls as part of a coordinated campaign to pressure the government to raise wages amid the cost of health crisis. life.

Mr Callinan said the unions would prefer ‘a negotiated outcome that could be credibly put to the votes of civil servants’, but added that this ‘would not be achievable in the absence of a significantly improved government position’.

A DPER spokeswoman previously said Mr McGrath had indicated that when talks resumed the government would table “a revised offer”.

She said it would “reflect the importance of reaching an agreement that is fair to public sector employees and reflects the overall budgetary constraints within which the state must operate.”

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