IMPACT today (Tuesday) called for immediate talks on accelerated public service pay recovery following the publication of the report of the Public Service Pay Commission (PSPC) 2017. The commission concluded that “there is a basis for the parties to enter into negotiations for a further collective agreement to extend the Lansdowne Road Agreement.”
The report, which is summarised in this document finds that average public service pay is now on a par with the private sector average once you take account of relevant factors like educational attainment, job features and experience. It says average public service earnings are now 8% lower than in 2008.
However, it also recommends that employee pension contributions should increase as the so-called ‘pension levy’ is phased out over time. This follows its conclusion that public servants employed before 2013 have pensions worth between 12% and 18% more than average pensions in the private sector.