Ibec, the group that represents Irish business, noted today’s development of a draft public sector pay deal based on initial available information. A collective pay agreement between public service unions and government is critical for economic and industrial relations stability.
Commenting on the emergence of initial details of the draft agreement, Maeve McElwee, Ibec Director of Employer Relations, emphasised the need for further clarification but said: “It appears that the proposed pay awards in the agreement are on average in line with increases of between 2% and 2.6% being seen in the private sector.
The agreement proposes the introduction of pension contributions as the Pension Related Deduction is being phased out. This is an issue that Ibec has consistently called for to be addressed as part of the deal. We also welcome the government position to stand firm on hours and productivity measures."
However, she cautioned: "The agreement appears not to have addressed some critical areas, including outsourcing. The absence of dealing with outsourcing is of significant concern and impacts on Ireland’s competitiveness, in particular on the ability to deliver better value, customer focused public services."