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(05 Aug 2015)

Cir. 23/2015

Dear Branch Secretary

The count of the Association’s ballot on the LRC proposals was completed this morning.   There was an 63% turnout with 13% voting in favour of the proposals and 87% voting against the proposals.

The Association will be voting against the LRC proposals at the ICTU Public Services Committee meeting in September.

The Association will continue to keep members updated.   The Association also issued the following press release.

Please circulate to members.    This circular will also be placed on the Association’s website

Ciaran Rohan

General Secretary

5 August 2015


87% SAY NO

Wednesday, August 5th: Members of the Association of Higher Civil and Public Servants (AHCPS) today delivered an emphatic NO vote in a ballot on the government’s most recent public sector pay proposals.

Following a meeting of its Executive Committee on June 22nd, the Association unanimously recommended a NO vote to its members.   The result of the subsequent ballot, announced today, is 87% NO and 13% YES. The turnout was 63% of AHCPS members.  The Association represents over 2,850 senior civil servants and managers in the commercial and non-commercial State sector.

Ciaran Rohan, the Secretary General of the AHCPS, said; ‘The result of the ballot of AHCPS members sends out a very simple stark message. The government’s pay proposals are both unfair and inequitable. The AHCPS approached the pay talks with a not unreasonable expectation of being treated fairly.  Our members experienced a disproportionate reduction in their incomes during the financial emergency but, now as we come out that other side and we return to growth - there has been no recognition of this whatsoever.

“The age profile of the civil service is rising and, as we have been contending for quite some time now, successful recruitment into the service will be an issue if our working conditions continue to be eroded. Our members have embraced reform and continue to produce significant efficiencies across Government departments. They discharge their duties with professionalism and, on a day-to-day basis, they are charged with some of the most strategically important work in our Government departments. 

“It is deeply disappointing that the Government has shown such dim regard for our members in the pay proposals,” he concluded.

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