Unions want flat rate pay rise for public servants

Unions want flat rate pay rise for public servants
Eoin Ronayne of the CPSU.

Public Sector unions say they want a flat rate pay increase to form part of a collective agreement on pay.

They are meeting with officials from the Department of Public Expenditure and Reform to start talks on pay.

The Government has set June 30 as a deadline for reaching an agreement.

It is the first step in a long road of negotiations, and today, officials from the Department of Public Expenditure laid their cards on the table.

A representative said it was important that unions were "realistic" about how much money is available.

Niall Shanahan from Impact said the unions want a collective agreement, and they favour a flat rate pay increase.

However, General Secretary of the CPSU - which represents lower paid civil servants - Eoin Ronayne was clear that a small percentage rise would not be enough for his members.

The trade unions will hear a financial statement on Thursday, and the talks are expected to start properly next week.

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