Workers at Irish Water should receive increments ranging from 1.5% to 3% annually, as part of an interim arrangement until 2017.
That is according to proposals recommended by the Labour Relations Commission.
It is hoped that the measure will end the ongoing dispute over the performance-based pay structure which was introduced in 2013.
The Junior Minister for Mental Health Kathleen Lynch said: "Well if the Labour Relations Commission recommends it then obviously there was a very good case put up in order for that to happen.
"Workers deserve to be paid, no matter what service they are providing, this particular set of workers have had a traumatic 12 months, and if the Labour Relations Commission is recommending it, then who is to say they don't deserve it."