Unions have rejected employer claims that Irish public servants are, on average, paid more than their European counterparts. In a submission to the Public Service Pay Commission, which addresses arguments put to the commission by employers’ body IBEC, the ICTU Public Services Committee (PSC) says Irish public servants are in the lower half of EU15 average public earnings, and are paid almost 20% less than the average in northern and central European countries.
IMPACT will launch its new national Early Education branch on Saturday 25th March. The branch will provide an effective and professional focus for the campaign for adequate investment and professionalisation of the sector, with agreed salary scales and a proper career path for early education staff.
IMPACT has written to ministers Mary Mitchell O’Connor and Denis Naughten seeking new laws that would give workers the ‘right to disconnect’ from work emails outside office hours. The union says work email has permeated workers’ free time, and that the boundary between professional and personal lives has become blurred for many employees.
The Local Government Management Agency (LGMA) has confirmed that no staffless library services will open until negotiations with IMPACT are concluded. The assurance was given when representatives from the union’s Local Government division and library vocational groups met agency officials last month.