Public-sector workers 'expect pay restoration'

Public-sector workers 'expect pay restoration'

Pay cuts imposed during the recession on clerical workers in the public sector will be addressed today at a conference in the INEC, in Killarney.

The Civil Public and Services Union (CPSU) is the largest union in the civil service representing more than 12,000 clerical workers.

Key debates at its conference today will focus on pay conditions under the Lansdowne Road Agreement.

The union says that the Lansdowne Road Agreement has left members below the living wage of €11.50.

General Secretary of the union Eoin Ronayne said it was unfair that new staff have had their starting salary reduced, and added that members are expecting a pay restoration.

"The debate (today) is going to be, more than likely, very strongly focused on speeding up the (pay) restoration process," he said.

"Yes, we backed the Lansdowne Road Agreement, but there's nothing that says an agreement can’t be reopened and looked at.

"Certainly with the politicians in the general election making the noises they were about economic growth, there's now a pressure building up in the workforce, an expectation."

He said a 10% pay cut was imposed, resulting in pay rates of €9.70 an hour.

"That's really, really low," he said, "for the kind of work they do. Many of them have third level qualifications (but) they have to wait much longer now to get to the top of their salary scale."

More on this topic

Union warns Govt to reduce public sector working hours or face wage demandsUnion warns Govt to reduce public sector working hours or face wage demands

Staff shortages leading to increased fire risk in Dublin, according to SIPTUStaff shortages leading to increased fire risk in Dublin, according to SIPTU

Watch: Calls for pay restoration for Section 39 workers discussed in Dail Watch: Calls for pay restoration for Section 39 workers discussed in Dail

Workers earn €273 a week more in public sector, official figures stateWorkers earn €273 a week more in public sector, official figures state

More in this Section

Contractors told they had two weeks to leave IrelandContractors told they had two weeks to leave Ireland

Man, 70s, dies after getting into difficulty swimming in Galway beachMan, 70s, dies after getting into difficulty swimming in Galway beach

Irish man dies after incident in New YorkIrish man dies after incident in New York

Portuguese fishing boat detained until €150k bond paidPortuguese fishing boat detained until €150k bond paid


Lifestyle

These green pancakes are topped with avocado, tomato and cottage cheese.How to make Jamie Oliver’s super spinach pancakes

Who else can pull off a look described as a ‘hip-hop Michelin woman’?As her new EP drops, this is why there will never be a style icon quite like Missy Elliott

The classic white-tipped look is once again in favour, and celebs are loving it.The French manicure is back – 5 modern ways to try the trend

The A-Listers hiding in plain sight: As Rihanna is spotted at the cricket, who are the celebs who have been living under our noses in Ireland? Ed Power reports.Celebs in plain sight: The A-Listers living under our noses in Ireland

More From The Irish Examiner