The Department of Public Expenditure and Reform has responsibility for the development and implementation of Government public service pay policy.
“New Entrants” Agreement
The PSSA 2018-2020 required that an examination of the remaining salary scale issues in respect of post January 2011 recruits (new entrants) be undertaken. The Public Service ‘New Entrants’ Agreement 2018 was reached in September 2018, which benefits some 58% of new entrants in year 1, rising to 78% in year 2.
Public Service Stability Agreement 2018-2020
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 of the PSSA 2018-2020 is available here and available in Irish here. A full breakdown of resulting salary benefits is available here, and FAQs are available here.
Financial Emergency Measures in the Public Interest Act 2015
The Government has published approved text of new legislation to give effect to the provisions of the Lansdowne Road Agreement. The Financial Emergency Measures in the Public Interest (FEMPI) Act 2015 makes amendments to the existing FEMPI legislation, which has underpinned the various public service pay and pensions reductions since 2009. This Act in turn underpins the Lansdowne Road Agreement which secures the efficiencies, enhanced performance and accountability of the earlier Agreements as well as commencing the process for the partial restoration of public service pay. The agreed phased and careful restoration of remuneration to public servants, focussing on those lower-paid, is part of the prudent approach of the Government in managing the ongoing improvements in public finances. In addition, the Act contains provisions to regularise the position with regard to the arrangements for remuneration of members of the Judiciary.
Lansdowne Road Agreement
To view the text of the draft Lansdowne Road Agreement (also known as the draft Public Service Stability Agreement 2013 – 2018), issued by the Labour Relations Commission on 29 May 2015 following discussions between representatives of the Government and of public service staff, please click here. You can read the Irish language version of the draft Agreement here.
This draft, if approved, will cover the period to September 2018. The relevant unions will now consider their approaches to balloting on the draft Agreement. If approved, legislation to amend the FEMPI Acts 2009 – 2013 will be required by the end of the year. To view the impact of pay proposals for public servants, please click here.
Click here to view Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs). These FAQs relate to the overarching provisions in the Lansdowne Road and Haddington Road Agreements.
Financial Emergency Measures in the Public Interest Act 2009
The purpose of the Financial Emergency Measures in the Public Interest Act 2009 was to introduce a number of financial emergency measures in the public interest. These measures were the making of a new deduction from the remuneration of public servants who are members of a public service pension scheme or who are entitled to a benefit under such a scheme or receive a payment in lieu of membership; provisions to allow public bodies to reduce the professional fees paid by them to external service providers; changes in the early childcare supplement and in the Farm Waste Management Scheme.
Financial Emergency Measures in the Public Interest (No 2) Act 2009
This Act provided for reductions in public service pay with effect from 1 January 2010. The rate of reduction varied by salary level but amounted to an average of around 6.5%.
Financial Emergency Measures in the Public Interest Act 2010
This Act provided for a further reduction to the remuneration of members of the Government. The Act also provided for a reduction to the amounts payable by way of pension to retired public servants.
Financial Emergency Measures in the Public Interest (Amendment) Act 2011
This Act provided for the reduction of judicial pay and pensions, following a constitutional amendment. The Act also further reduced the pay of members of the Government, whose members had voluntarily reduced their pay upon taking office, prior to this legislation coming into force.
Financial Emergency Measures in the Public Interest Act 2013
This Act provided for a reduction in remuneration for public servants earning more than €65,000, and a further reduction in the amount paid to those in receipt of a public service pension in excess of € 32,500. The Act also provided for a suspension of incremental progression until 2016 for all public servants, unless they are covered by a collective agreement modifying the terms of the incremental suspension which has been registered with the Labour Relations Commission.
Section 12 of the Financial Emergency Measures in the Public Interest Act 2013 obliges the Minister of Public Expenditure and Reform to carry out a review of the operation, effectiveness and impact of the Financial Emergency Measure in the Public Interest Acts, having regard to the overall economic conditions in the State and national competitiveness. The latest report of the findings of the review relating to the reductions in pay is available here.
Public Service Stability Agreement 2013-2016 (Haddington Road Agreement)
In 2013, following extensive negotiations, agreement was reached with a number of unions representing public service workers on a range of reform and productivity measures. Collectively, these sectoral agreements are referred to as the Haddington Road Agreement. The Agreement and accompanying FAQs are available at the link below:
Exchequer Pay Bill
Details of the Estimated Exchequer Pay Bill are published in the Revised Estimates for Public Services 2013.