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New pay deal: Crucial talks at the Workplace Relations Commission today..

Dublin: The scheduled discussion at the Workplace Relations Commission on public sector salary reform, originally set for yesterday afternoon, has been postponed to today.

Several unions have voiced concerns about the sluggish pace of the pay commission. The Public Services Committee of the Irish Congress of Trade Unions is convening on Thursday to address issues, including potential strike action in response to delayed pay reforms, making today’s meeting crucial.

The public sector pay deal, Building Momentum, expired in December, and negotiations for a new deal commenced before Christmas. A noteworthy development during discussions was the government’s agreement to repeal the Emergency Industrial Relations Registration Act, which had been introduced during the financial crisis, a demand repeatedly emphasised by unions.

However, talks were halted due to the government steadfastness on salary increase matters, leading to a lack of progress. Unions, expressing dissatisfaction with the slow pace of the pay commission, have issued threats of strikes if salary adjustments are not implemented. Notably, unions such as FORSA had previously voted in favour of strike action. In response to the escalating situation, the Workplace Commission has opted to resume negotiations.

Public Expenditure Minister Paschal Donohoe has asserted his lack of concern about a potential strike, emphasising confidence in reaching a new salary agreement. The minister clarified that strike threats will not impact the ongoing discussions on salary reform.

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