Pay deal ballot: Cast your vote and have your say
by Niall Shanahan
General secretary Kevin Callinan has urged members to cast their vote and have their say in this crucial ballot.

Fórsa members have commenced voting on the terms of the new public service pay proposals.


There’s been a strong turnout in the first week of balloting, as Fórsa members are invited to attend information meetings taking place countrywide, and are encouraged to cast their vote and have their say on this crucial pay deal.


In a video message (below) to Fórsa members published today (Friday), Fórsa general secretary Kevin Callinan, who led the union side in the pay talks, encouraged members to cast their vote: “This is a really important ballot on the review of Building Momentum. I really want you to cast your vote and have your say. Don’t leave it to others.”


Kevin advised that most public service members covered by the terms of the new deal will have received their unique voter code (UVC) by email. He advised that if members haven’t received their codes, they should contact the ballot helpdesk at, where staff are on hand to assist.


Fórsa’s elected national executive has voted overwhelmingly to recommend the public service pay package, which was negotiated at the Workplace Relations Commission (WRC) following the review of the Building Momentum public service agreement.


The electronic ballot of Fórsa members will remain open until Thursday 6th October.


The union has produced this ‘frequently asked questions’ document, which includes a facility for members to ask questions, which you can access HERE.


For a video tutorial on how to cast your vote click HERE.


The pay proposals would see increases of 3% with effect from 2nd February 2022, 2% from 1st March 2023 and 1.5% or €750 (whichever is the greater) from 1st October 2023.


This is in addition to 1% or €500, whichever is greater, which due at the beginning of October 2022 under the existing Building Momentum agreement.


The minimum payment of €750 a year from next October means the package would be worth 8% to a worker earning €25,000 a year and 7% to a person on €37,500 a year.


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