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Trade unions accept, pay reform guaranteed in Ireland

Dublin: Disputes over the salary reform agreement in Ireland have been resolved thanks to the approval of several trade unions. The INMO, FORSA, SIPTU, and ASTI have opted to approve the government’s salary deal for public sector employees. The agreement will be implemented as a result of this.

 In the country, an agreement involving 400,000 public personnel and 200,000 public service pensioners is being implemented. Employees in the public sector will see a 6.5% pay increase in the next two years. The agreement is likely to be officially passed after the choices of these unions are approved by the ICTU Public Services Committee meeting today.

The pay rise will be three percent retroactive to February 2, 2022, according to this agreement. Wages will increase by 2% starting March 1, 2023. The increase will be 1.5 percent or €750, whichever is greater, beginning October 1, 2023.This exceeds the 2% rise agreed to in the current wage agreement, “Building Momentum.”

 The Irish Congress of Trade Unions (ICTU) proposed holding a poll to gauge members’ reactions to the wage arrangement.

The agreement was endorsed by 91% of FORSA members, the country’s largest public service trade union, 90% of SIPTU members, and 83% of ASTI members. Yesterday, the Irish Nurses and Midwives Organization (INMO) and the Irish National Teachers Organization (INTO) reached an agreement. Last Monday, the Teachers’ Union of Ireland (TUI) also backed the agreement.

Deputy Prime Minister Leo Varadkar claimed the decision had made the unions “extremely happy.” Michael McGrath, Minister of Public Expenditure, praised the wage agreement’s approval.

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