SIPTU representatives will focus on pay justice for lower paid public servants in a talks process with Government, under the terms of the Public Service Stability Agreement, which began Friday, 27th April with a meeting in the Department of Public Expenditure and Reform in Dublin.
SIPTU Public Administration and Community Division Organiser, Adrian Kane, said: “Following initial discussions the two sides have agreed to a further meeting on the issue of pay for public servants in June. The period before that meeting will be used by both sides to establish the full extent of the issues which are to be discussed. It is imperative that the two speed pay scale issue in the public service is resolved in a timely manner. Public servants took a massive hit in their pay during the financial crisis. This was largely done without agreement through the introduction of the draconian FEMPI legislation. Due to the improving economy, the fiscal space available to the Government is significantly larger than that which was envisaged when the parties signed up to the Public Service Stability Agreement last year. The additional money available needs to be targeted at assisting the lowest paid public servants by the elimination of the two additional entry points to the service.”