“The government`s goal was to reach an agreement to maintain the momentum of the reforms and changes that the public service embodies during this health emergency, for example, and that is part of the agreement,” McGrath said. Issues such as additional unpaid hours of work for staff, originally introduced as part of the 2013 Haddington Road agreement and which unions wanted to address, will be discussed in a review due to begin in March. A fund of 150 million euros will be created to deal with the issues raised by this revision. Disclaimer This document is a summary of the key elements of the Public Service Stability Agreement (ASSA). The agreement itself is more comprehensive and contains more details on some issues than is reflected here. Readers are advised to refer to the final text of the full agreement for more information. The unions stated that the proposed agreement, which runs after ratification from 1 January to the end of 2022, was essentially weighted on low-income civil servants and civil servants. Measures put in place in 2013 as part of the Haddington Road Agreement will be reviewed. Stockfoto: Getty One of the features of the proposed agreement is the introduction of sectoral collective bargaining.
A sectoral trading fund, with an initial amount of 1% of the basic salary for a suspensive pension during the duration of the agreement, will be used to deal with warrants, recommendations, bonuses and outstanding debts in different parts of the public service. The sector fund could also be used to increase staff compensation in certain areas. Productivity Measures The PSSA states that the productivity policies set out in the 2013 Lansdowne Road Agreement can continue to apply and be updated to reflect different renewal policies mentioned in the text. In addition, there is a need to introduce performance management systems into parts of the public service where they are not yet available. And it requires parties to discuss more open recruitment “if this is likely to meet organizational needs.” The proposed agreement also contains a provision for the revision of its terms “when the underlying assumptions of the agreement need to be reconsidered.” Outsourcing, personnel and related issues Despite management`s attempts to significantly dilute them, the PSSA maintains all outsourcing protections acquired by unions in negotiations that resulted in previous agreements at Croke Park (2010) and Haddington Road (2013).