FEMPI Annual Review

The Minister for Finance & Public Expenditure and Reform, Paschal Donohoe T.D., laid his 2017 Annual Review of the operation and effectiveness of the Financial Emergency Measures in the Public Interest (FEMPI) legislation before the Houses of the Oireachtas on Thursday, 29 June 2017.  The report concluded that while immediate repeal of the FEMPI legislation is unaffordable, the proposed Public Service Stability Agreement 2018-2020 represents a negotiated solution for dismantling the emergency legislation over the coming years.  See the press release here and the full text of Minister Donohoe’s speech here.

Workplace Relations Commission- LRA

On Thursday 8 June 2017, the Workplace Relations Commission issued proposals to extend the Public Service Stability Agreement 2013-2018 (the Lansdowne Road Agreement). The proposed Agreement, which will cost €887m over three years, will run until December 2020.  The full text is available here and available in Irish here.  A full breakdown of resulting salary benefits is available here, and FAQs are available here.

Allowances

A number of issues fall to be progressed following the conclusion of the negotiations, as follows:

  • The consequential increase of €500 in the rate of Rent Allowance and associated salary scale consolidations for Prison Officers and Firefighters on foot of the Labour Court recommendations on An Garda Síochána.
  • Extension of the Rent Allowance to those small number of full-time Firefighters not already in receipt of it.
  • Restoration of the following allowances for post-2012 new entrants:

– Allowance for radiographers working in the Breast Check Unit in the health sector;

– Livestock Allowance for certain technical officers in the Department of Agriculture; and

– Tool Allowance for craft workers in the Local Authorities, OPW, and health and education sectors.

Further to agreement reached at the WRC on 4 March 2017, under the framework of the existing Lansdowne Road Agreement, it was agreed that a number of allowances for post-2012 new entrant nurses would be restored as follows:

  • Midwifery Qualification;
  •  Registered general nurse in the community;
  • Nurse co-ordinator allowance;
  • Specialist co-ordinator allowance (nurse tutors); and
  • Nurses assigned to occupational therapy.

Implementation of all of the above measures is conditional on the ratification of the new Agreement by the unions/associations concerned.