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Cir.7/2013

(05 Feb 2013)

 Circular 7/2013 - Croke Park Extension Talks – Update
 

Dear Branch Secretary

As members are aware from media reports and from the Association circular No 4/2013 (Circulated via branch secretaries on 15th January) the Government are planning measures to reduce the public service pay and pension bill by an additional €1 billion between 2013 and 2015. To date there is very little additional information that we can share with members at this stage in relation to the Civil Service sector.

The additional €1 billion is to be achieved from the various sectors in the following order.

Health sector: €420 Million
Education Sector: €350 Million
Civil Service and Non Commercial Semi State Sector: €120 million.
Local Government: €90 million
Garda: €60 million

There are a number of proposals from management that are common across all sectors (Core hours, Saturday work, and additional hours) and proposals that are specific to sectors.

Within the Civil Service sector the Official side have indicated that the areas that they wish to explore in relation to savings are

• O/T Bill and core hours. (Core hours would be 8am to 8pm and Saturday)
• Allowances
• Extra hours. Official side proposal is to work an extra hour per day.
• A pay cut for higher paid staff. There is no indication of what the threshold for higher pay will be or the amount of the proposed cut.
• Changes in flexi-time.

The union side are still awaiting information on the contribution each of those proposals will make to the overall savings.
The union side have engaged Eugene Mc Mahon (Mazars) to verify the figures. It will be next week before any hard information on the potential savings is available and verified.

The union side have indicated that they see any savings from an accelerated head count reduction as being part of the €1billion. Additionally outsourcing and re deployment are issues still for discussion.

Reminder:

Lift the Burden - Jobs not Debt - ICTU Austerity March 9 February 2013. The Association is exhorting members to join the ICTU National Protests on Saturday, February 9 (assemble 1 to 1.30pm).

Assembly Points
DUBLIN: Cook Street (near Civic Offices, Wood Quay);
CORK: SIPTU offices, Connolly, Hall Lapps Quay;
GALWAY: Cathedral Car Park;
LIMERICK: Mechanics Institute, Harstonge Street;
WATERFORD: The Glen (in front of the Forum);
SLIGO: Sligo County Council Offices, Riverside

Please circulate to all members.
Regards

Dave Thomas
General Secretary
 

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