Some unions have ruled out a new public service agreement unless the issue of working time is addressed, but management – particularly in the health sector – has warned that overtime is now integrated into the system and that services and service tables would be affected without them. By October 2022, 340,000 civil servants are expected to receive two 1% pay increases under the new agreement. Between June 2010, when the contract was signed, and at the end of 2012, nearly one billion euros were withdrawn from the public payroll. The agreement was negotiated until 2014 and aimed to save 3.5 billion euros, or 20% of the payroll. Recruitment and Conservation Issues As part of the agreement, trade unions could choose to submit a contribution to the Pay Commission (PSPC) on the recruitment and conservation problems identified in their initial 2017 report, which preceded the discussions that led to the PSSA. The Commission cited in the report voted in favour of its notes. Under the agreement, there will be an overall increase of 1% of gross salary or 500 euros per year, depending on the highest amount. The agreement was followed by other measures, including working time, as part of the haddington road agreement. In Section 4 of the PSSA, the commitment was made to address other pay scale issues for post-2011 recruits in entry classes. In September 2018, an agreement was reached with the ICTU Public Services Committee. The cost of the agreement is estimated at 46.6 million euros in 2020; 31.8m in 2021; EUR 22.9 million in 2022; EUR 15 million in 2023; 18.5 million euros in 2024. Disclaimer This document is a summary of the key elements of the Public Service Stability Agreement (ASSA). The agreement itself is more comprehensive and contains more details on some issues than is reflected here.
Readers are advised to refer to the final text of the full agreement for more information. Until the agreement expires, more than 90% of public servants and civil servants will earn as much, or more than when wage cuts were introduced in 2010 and (for the best income) in 2013. Nearly a quarter (low wages) have been completely removed from the “retirement tax” introduced in 2009. The rest will make cuts in these payments, the rest being turned into “additional contributions.” 83. Deputy Minister Pearse Doherty asked the Minister of Public Expenditure and Reform to obtain, in each of the years 2020 to 2024, the outstanding endowments for the Public Service Stability Agreement and other public compensation agreements through the vote, the department and the agency.