Ireland - Encouraging first review of Croke Park deal - June 21, 2011

The Public Services Committee (PSC) of the Irish Congress of Trade Unions (ICTU) has described the first review of the Croke Park Implementation Body as positive and encouraging. The report confirms that public servants have delivered the required savings and reforms in the first year of the Croke Park agreement. The report also showed that public service payroll savings delivered under Croke Park in the year to March 2011 exceeded their targets. Although this was mainly due to reductions in staff numbers, the report also details how services have been maintained - and in some cases expanded – because of staff redeployment, workplace reforms and increased productivity. The report also highlights the significance of sustained industrial peace in achieving savings and contributing to the restoration of the country’s international reputation. The Civil Public and Services Union (CPSU), mainly representing lower-paid civil servants, has said it wants the issue of reimbursing public service staff for pay cuts introduced over the last year or so to be examined in the autumn. The Croke Park agreement included the potential that public staff could get money back from generated savings. General Secretary of the CPSU, Blair Horan, said that while he never expected the issue of reimbursements for staff to be addressed in the first review of the deal, the issue had not gone away. However, Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform Brendan Howlin replied there was “no likelihood of anybody getting money back in the foreseeable future” (See also this Collective Bargaining Newsletter Year 3 July-August 2010 and Year 4 April 2011).

English: http://www.impact.ie/iopen24/impact-welcomes-confirmation-savings-croke ...;

http://www.impact.ie/iopen24/public-services-committee-ictu-describe-findings-croke ...;

http://www.irishtimes.com/newspaper/ireland/2011/0615/1224298938102.html;

http://www.irishtimes.com/newspaper/ireland/2011/0616/1224299000484.html

 

This article was published in the Collective Bargaining Newsletter. It aims to facilitate information exchange between trade unions and to support the work of ETUC's collective bargaining committee. For more information, please contact the editor Maarten van Klaveren, Amsterdam Institute for Advanced Labour Studies (AIAS) M.vanKlaveren@uva.nl. You may find further information on the ETUI at www.etui.org, and on the AIAS at www.uva-aias.net. © ETUI aisbl, Brussels 2011.


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