Ireland - Public sector pay deal discussed - May 31, 2016

Higher pay rises for doctors, nurses and those workers who are difficult to retain in the public service are likely to be considered for inclusion in a new public sector pay deal. While some senior government figures said a public sector pay rise could be as high as 6.5 per cent over the period of a pay agreement, others expressed scepticism that a final package would offer a pay rise of that scale. The government has committed to the establishment of a new public sector pay commission to help quell industrial unrest and prepare the ground for a successor to the Lansdowne Road agreement. The country’s largest public service trade union Impact has said it will not accept the government’s planned new pay commission as a substitute for pay rounds negotiated through collective bargaining.

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