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Public Sector Pay and Conditions: Motion (resumed) [Private Members]

Vote from 24/04/2013

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The following motion was moved by Deputy Sean Fleming on Tuesday, 23 April 2013:
That Dáil Éireann notes the:
— rejection by public sector employees of the Labour Relations Commission’s proposals on pay and conditions;

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The following motion was moved by Deputy Sean Fleming on Tuesday, 23 April 2013:
That Dáil Éireann notes the:
— rejection by public sector employees of the Labour Relations Commission’s proposals on pay and conditions;
— failure of the Government to disclose all relevant information concerning the draft agreement;
— difficulties that the proposed changes to conditions of employment would have had for many families;
— inconsistency of treatment of different categories of public sector employees under the Government’s proposals; and
— disproportionate impact that the proposed measures would have had on the pay and earnings of frontline and shift workers;
recognises the:
— huge sacrifices made by public sector employees and pensioners in recent years;
— ongoing savings being delivered by the current Croke Park Agreement;
— significant benefit to the economy and society that the absence of industrial
action in the public sector has achieved;
— need to ensure that further reductions in the overall public sector pay and pen- sions bill occur in a fair and structured manner; and
— importance of a shared commitment to reform by all stakeholders in the deliv- ery of public services; and
calls for:
— immediate engagement by the Government with public sector employees with a view to obtaining a balanced agreement that can secure widespread support amongst public sector employees
— confirmation that the Government will not legislate for an across the board 7 per cent cut in public sector pay; and
— a commitment to full disclosure of all relevant facts prior to the conclusion of a new agreement on public sector pay.

Debate resumed on amendment No. 1:
To delete all words after “Dáil Éireann” and substitute the following: “acknowledges:
— that public servants have made a substantial contribution towards the necessary reductions achieved in public expenditure since 2008, including through the unilateral imposition by the then Government of the pension levy and pay reductions applied un- der the Financial Emergency Measures in the Public Interest Acts 2009; and
— the ongoing contribution made to cost savings in the public service pay bill and to improving productivity by public servants under the terms of the Public Service Agreement 2010 - 2014, and the related agreements made under its auspices;
welcomes the contribution made by public servants to economic recovery including through the absence of industrial action;
commends:
— the Government on its early and open engagement with public servants and their union representatives on the difficult but necessary actions required to restore the public finances; and
— representatives of Public Service employers, unions and the Labour Relations Commission on the development of a balanced set of proposals that would deliver €1 billion in savings on the public service pay bill by 2015;
notes:
— that the Labour Relations Commission’s proposals protected the basic salary rates of low and middle income earners in the public service while applying progressive reductions to the remuneration of higher paid public servants, and provided for a negoti- ated and equitable approach to securing the necessary savings in the public service pay bill; and
— the proud record of the public service in introducing and implementing work-life balance arrangements and that public service employers continue to be committed to equality of opportunity in its employment practices;
agrees that, in view of public servants’ non-acceptance of the measures proposed by the Labour Relations Commission, it will now be necessary for the Government to decide on and secure alternative measures that will deliver the additional pay and pensions savings of €300 million for 2013 and €1 billion by 2015 to meet public expenditure targets; and
further welcomes the Government’s request to the Labour Relations Commission to ex- plore and report back to Government on whether the basis for a negotiated agreement exists
between the parties.”

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