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Pay increase in Ireland from October; new public service agreement is confirmed to be approved

DUBLIN: It is confirmed that the proposed ‘Building Momentum’ public service agreement will be approved. Voting is open until tomorrow, but the agreement has already secured the support of the major unions.

In a poll by Fórsa, Ireland’s largest public service trade union, already 96% voted in favor of the agreement.

With this, the agreement has received the support of the four largest unions in the country – Fórsa, CPTU, the Irish Nurses and Midwives Organisation and the Irish National Teachers’ Organisation.

This means that the public service committee of the Irish Congress of Trade Unions (Ictu) will make the announcement tomorrow approving the agreement.

It may be a relief to the Government during the COVID-19 crisis that it will be possible to maintain a transparent and strong relationship between the working class and the government on pay and industrial relations for the next two years.

The agreement, which will improve the salaries and conditions of about 350,000 government employees, will last until the end of 2022, Fórsa general secretary Kevin Callinan said.

Only three ICTU affiliated unions rejected the proposed agreement. They are the Irish Medical Organisation, the Association of Secondary Teachers, the association representing medical laboratory scientists, and the Teachers’ Union of Ireland.

Garda, the Defense Force Enlisted, the Officer Grades, and the Psychiatric Nurses Association did not take part in the vote.

With the approval of the Building Momentum, employees will receive a one per cent raise in salaries in October 2021, one per cent in October 2022 and a further one percentage overall  (three per cent in total).

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