10. Deputy Dara Calleary asked the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform his plans to address pay equalisation across the public sector; if his Department will take a leading role in determining the way in which pay equalisation will be rolled out across Departments; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 47264/17 asked on 09 Nov 2017 - Public Sector Pay)

Deputy Dara Calleary: In the context of forthcoming legislation to unwind the financial emergency measures in the public interest, pay equalisation is to be dealt with by the Public Service Pay Commission. Will the Minister provide a timeline for addressing this issue? When does he expect to be in a position to receive a report or recommendations from the commission?
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28. Deputy Michael Harty asked the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform the measures he plans to put it place to unwind the Financial Emergency Measures in the Public Interest Act 2015 as applied to contract holders that are not part of the public service; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 47152/17 asked on 09 Nov 2017 - Public Sector Pay)

Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform (Deputy Paschal Donohoe): The Public Service Pay and Pension Bill 2017 which the Government agreed on Tuesday, is designed to deliver an orderly exit from the financial emergency legislation and a return to normal industrial and business relationships.
As part of this, the Government has agreed to put the setting and varying of fees for contractors currently subject to the Financial Emergency Measures in the Public Interest legislation on an alternative...

296. Deputy Jack Chambers asked the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform the position regarding his plans to unwind the FEMPI legislation; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 46763/17 asked on 07 Nov 2017 - Public Sector Pay)

Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform (Deputy Paschal Donohoe): On Monday the 18th of September the Public Services Committee of the Irish Congress of Trade Unions endorsed the terms of the recently negotiated extension to the Lansdowne Road Agreement on pay and reform in the public service.
This Public Service Stability Agreement will run from 2018 to 2020 by which point pay will be fully restored to all public servants earning up to €70,000, which is equal to almost 90 per cent of public ...

70. Deputy Richard Boyd Barrett asked the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform his views on whether PeoplePoint has sufficient resources to process all the incoming information; the number of persons in the Civil 
Service waiting on salary adjustments; the length of time they are waiting; if this delay is in accordance with the Payment of Wages Act 1991; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 42478/17 asked on 10 Oct 2017 - Public Sector Pay)

Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform (Deputy Paschal Donohoe): All payments are made with regard to the provisions of Payment of Wages Acts.  
There are approximately six hundred pay adjustment cases with PeoplePoint related to acting up allowances, assignment to higher scale and pay on promotion, of which 50% are over thirty days old. 
A specialist team is dedicated to progressing the abovementioned cases. It is expected all pay instructions will have issued to the pay centre within the ...

81. Deputy Michael McGrath asked the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform what pay rises public servants are due to receive under the Lansdowne Road Agreement and its recently agreed successor, by salary bands and dates; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 42919/17 asked on 10 Oct 2017 - Public Sector Pay)

Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform (Deputy Paschal Donohoe): The Public Service Stability Agreement runs from 2018- 2020 and has a cost over that period of €887 million. The overall benefits to different income groups range from 7.4 per cent to 6.2 per cent over three years. 
Pay increases under the agreement are scheduled as follows:
2018 
- 1st January annualised salaries to increase by 1%; 
- 1st October annualised salaries to increase by 1%. 
 
2019 
- 1st January annualised sa...

97. Deputy Gino Kenny asked the Minister for Education and Skills his views on the impact that FEMPI has had on the livelihood and morale of school teachers; his plans to restore pay equality as a matter of urgency; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 42477/17 asked on 10 Oct 2017 - Public Sector Pay)

Minister for Education and Skills (Deputy Richard Bruton): As a consequence of the financial crisis, there was a need to enact a number of measures to reduce public expenditure so as to stabilise the country’s public finances. A previous Government reduced the salaries and allowances payable to all new entrants to public service recruitment grades by 10% with effect from 1 January 2011. This decision also required that such new entrants would start on the first point of the applicable salary sca...

89. Deputy Róisín Shortall asked the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform the estimated extra cost of public pay agreements in 2018; and the extent to which these have already been counted in the fiscal space calculations for 2018. (Question 40996/17 asked on 27 Sep 2017 - Public Sector Pay)

Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform (Deputy Paschal Donohoe): The Mid-Year Expenditure Report 2017 outlined an amount of €0.3bn to be allocated from the Lansdowne Road Agreement and €0.2bn from the Public Service Stability Agreement 2018-2020 in 2018. 
The allocation of these central provisions to Departments, in line with our obligations under the EU fiscal rules, is a matter that is subject to ongoing assessment in the context of the expenditure out-turns for 2017 and the estimates for ...

106. Deputy Joan Burton asked the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform the status of restoration of civil servant pay under FEMPI; when he expects further pay restoration to take place; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 40356/17 asked on 26 Sep 2017 - Public Sector Pay)

Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform (Deputy Paschal Donohoe): On Monday the 18th of September the Public Services Committee of the Irish Congress of Trade Unions endorsed the terms of the recently negotiated extension to the Lansdowne Road Agreement on pay and reform in the public service. 
This Public Service Stability Agreement will run from 2018 to 2020 by which point pay will be fully restored to all public servants earning up to €70,000 which is equal to almost 90 per cent of public ...

107. Deputy Mick Barry asked the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform if his Department will make retrospective the compensation to all public servants recruited since 2011 on lesser pay than their longer serving comparators; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 40488/17 asked on 26 Sep 2017 - Public Sector Pay)

Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform (Deputy Paschal Donohoe): The issue of addressing the difference in incremental salary scales between those public servants, who entered public service employment since 2011 and those who entered before that date was addressed with the relevant union interests under the provisions of the Haddington Road Agreement (HRA). From 1 November 2013 pre and post-2011 pay scales were merged into a single consolidated scale applicable to each grade. Generally, th...

109. Deputy Pearse Doherty asked the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform the total cost liability of public sector pay restoration, as provided for under the gradual unwinding of the FEMPI measures, with respect to local authority staff, for 2017 and 2018 for each local authority, in tabular form (Question 40553/17 asked on 26 Sep 2017 - Public Sector Pay)

Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform (Deputy Paschal Donohoe): The Mid-Year Expenditure Report 2017 outlined an amount of €0.3bn to be allocated from the Lansdowne Road Agreement and €0.2bn from the Public Service Stability Agreement 2018-2020 in 2018. 
The allocation of these central provisions to Departments is a matter that is subject to ongoing assessment in the context of the expenditure out-turns for 2017 and the estimates for 2018. 
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120. Deputy Bernard J. Durkan asked the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform the extent to which salary and wage cuts incurred during the economic downturn continue to be a priority in terms of restoration to the public in line with good practice; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 40735/17 asked on 26 Sep 2017 - Public Sector Pay)

Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform (Deputy Paschal Donohoe): I propose to take Questions Nos. 120 and 126 together.
As the Deputy is aware this Government believes in collective agreements and that the full benefits of a collective agreement should flow to those who subscribe to that agreement.
Under the terms of the Public Service Stability Agreement there are a series of affordable pay increases which will unwind FEMPI pay reductions for all those earning up to €70,000, which is equal ...

126. Deputy Bernard J. Durkan asked the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform if the unions that signed up to the various agreements including the Lansdowne Road Agreement will not be penalised as a result; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 40741/17 asked on 26 Sep 2017 - Public Sector Pay)

Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform (Deputy Paschal Donohoe): I propose to take Questions Nos. 120 and 126 together.
As the Deputy is aware this Government believes in collective agreements and that the full benefits of a collective agreement should flow to those who subscribe to that agreement.
Under the terms of the Public Service Stability Agreement there are a series of affordable pay increases which will unwind FEMPI pay reductions for all those earning up to €70,000, which is equal ...

538. Deputy Pearse Doherty asked the Minister for Housing, Planning and Local Government the cost liability of public sector pay restoration, as provided for under the gradual unwinding of the FEMPI measures, with respect to local authority staff, for 2017 and 2018 for each local authority, in tabular form; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 40552/17 asked on 26 Sep 2017 - Public Sector Pay)

Minister for Housing, Planning and Local Government (Deputy Eoghan Murphy): A provision of €20.3 million to assist local authorities in meeting the costs associated with the unwinding of the FEMPI legislation was made for 2017. The final outturn for 2017 is not yet known, either at a sectoral level or in respect of individual local authorities. My Department is in discussions with the Department of Public Expenditure and Reform in respect of the costs for 2018 in the context of the ongoing annu...

251. Deputy Noel Rock asked the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform the number of civil servants on contracts pre-1995 who have had their pay affected by the introduction of PeoplePoint (details supplied); and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 37774/17 asked on 11 Sep 2017 - Public Sector Pay)

Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform (Deputy Paschal Donohoe): The Public Service Management (Recruitment and Appointments) (Amendment) Act 2013 provides that I, as the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform, can make regulations for a Public Service Sick Leave Scheme. These Regulations are contained in SI 124 of 2014 and SI 384 of 2015. The Regulations set out the terms for the granting of paid sick leave, including that Medical Certificates be provided. 
PeoplePoint is the HR and P...

285. Deputy Joan Burton asked the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform his plans to expedite the unwinding of FEMPI; the progress he has made in this respect; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 38623/17 asked on 11 Sep 2017 - Public Sector Pay)

Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform (Deputy Paschal Donohoe): The Government concluded negotiations with the unions and associations representing public servants on the 8th of June this year, and the Workplace Relations Commission issued a set of proposals entitled the Public Service Stability Agreement 2018-2020. This draft Agreement provides for the further phased unwinding of the FEMPI measures over a number of years. 
The current position is that the Public Services Committee of the ...

220. Deputy Richard Boyd Barrett asked the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform the full-year cost of paying all employed public sector staff on the pre-2011 pay scale. (Question 36297/17 asked on 26 Jul 2017 - Public Sector Pay)

Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform (Deputy Paschal Donohoe): I  refer the Deputy to my answer to Parliamentary Question No. 350 of 20 June 2017, PQ Ref: 28983/17.
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221. Deputy Richard Boyd Barrett asked the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform the full-year cost of repealing the FEMPI legislation. (Question 36298/17 asked on 26 Jul 2017 - Public Sector Pay)

Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform (Deputy Paschal Donohoe): The full year cost of repealing the Financial Emergency Measures in the Public Interest (FEMPI) legislation as it applies to public service employees would be €1.4 billion post full implementation of the terms of the Lansdowne Road Agreement (LRA).
Pay bill increases of this magnitude in one year would: exceed available additional resources; violate the terms of EU Stability and Growth Pact; increase the deficit; increase the n...

169. Deputy Jack Chambers asked the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform when the pro rata increases given to all public servants in April 2017 will be given to those who retired after March 2012; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 32249/17 asked on 11 Jul 2017 - Public Sector Pay)

Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform (Deputy Paschal Donohoe): It is assumed that the Deputy is referring to the €1,000 increase in 2017 applicable to public servants on annualised basic salaries up to €65,000 under the Financial Emergency Measures in the Public Interest Act 2015. This increase which, under FEMPI 2015, is to take effect from 1 September 2017, was advanced to 1 April 2017 for most qualifying public servants. 
Increases to higher-value salaries above €65,000 on 1 April 2017,...

181. Deputy Jack Chambers asked the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform if he will provide an annual timeframe on the way in which pay restoration for the pubic sector will apply; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 32270/17 asked on 11 Jul 2017 - Public Sector Pay)

Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform (Deputy Paschal Donohoe): I propose to take Questions Nos. 181 and 182 together.
The Public Service Stability Agreement 2018-2020 contains the following pay adjustments:
2018
- 1 January 2018 annualised salaries to increase by 1%;
- 1 October 2018 annualised salaries to increase by 1%.
2019
- 1 January 2019 annualised salaries up to €30,000 to increase by 1%;
- 1 September annualised salaries to increase by 1.75%.
2020
- 1 January 2020 annualised salari...

182. Deputy Jack Chambers asked the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform if there will be full restoration of public pay and pensions for public sector workers by 2021; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 32271/17 asked on 11 Jul 2017 - Public Sector Pay)

Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform (Deputy Paschal Donohoe): I propose to take Questions Nos. 181 and 182 together.
The Public Service Stability Agreement 2018-2020 contains the following pay adjustments:
2018
- 1 January 2018 annualised salaries to increase by 1%;
- 1 October 2018 annualised salaries to increase by 1%.
2019
- 1 January 2019 annualised salaries up to €30,000 to increase by 1%;
- 1 September annualised salaries to increase by 1.75%.
2020
- 1 January 2020 annualised salari...

99. Deputy Bernard J. Durkan asked the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform the extent to which he remains satisfied regarding the ability to meet the potentially conflicting challenges of restoration of income through FEMPI and the need to maintain the competitiveness of the economy in the future; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 31756/17 asked on 05 Jul 2017 - Public Sector Pay)

Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform (Deputy Paschal Donohoe): As the Deputy is no doubt aware, my Annual Review of the operation, effectiveness and continued necessity of the Financial Emergency Measures in the Public Interest legislation was laid before the Oireachtas on 29 June. 
A copy of the report can be found at the following link: http://www.per.gov.ie/wp-content/uploads/2017-Annual-Review-of-FEMPI.pdf 
In the Review I found that the immediate repeal of the FEMPI legislation is un...

102. Deputy Dara Calleary asked the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform if he will set out each side agreement reached with trade unions and staff associations during the recent talks that led to the draft public service agreement including for additional allowances, annual leave and higher pay rates; and if he will set out also the cost of each individual item, in tabular form. (Question 30478/17 asked on 28 Jun 2017 - Public Sector Pay)

Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform (Deputy Paschal Donohoe): The Department has published details of this matter on its website: http://www.per.gov.ie/en/public-service-pay-policy/public-service-stability-agreement/
Please find, in addition, the following table outlining the costs for those measures on which agreement was reached in the course of the recent negotiations and which will only fall to be payable should the Agreement be ratified later this year. 
 Measure Cost per annu...

64. Deputy Thomas P. Broughan asked the Minister for Health the current engagement of his Department with the upcoming round of public pay negotiations; if he will report on the work his officials are undertaking with the Department of Public Expenditure and Reform with regard to examining the disparities in pay for section 38 and section 39 HSE funded organisations in view of the fact that employees undertake the same work; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 26060/17 asked on 21 Jun 2017 - Public Sector Pay)

Minister for Health (Deputy Simon Harris): I can confirm that officials from my Department and the HSE participated in the recent pay talks to discuss a successor agreement to the Lansdowne Road Agreement which were held at the Workplace Relations Commission. A draft Public Service Agreement was reached on 8 June 2017 and is currently being considered by the unions in the context of the public servants they represent.
Any disparities that exist between section 38 and section 39 organisations ar...

326. Deputy Pearse Doherty asked the Minister for Finance if the recently agreed public sector pay deal will be counted as investment in public spending under the confidence and supply agreement that there will be a two to one ratio between investment in public spending and tax cuts; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 28685/17 asked on 20 Jun 2017 - Public Sector Pay)

Minister for Finance (Deputy Paschal Donohoe): On the 8 June 2017, the terms of a proposed agreement was reached between the public service unions and public service management officials representing the Government, regarding an extension to the Lansdowne Road Agreement.  
If the proposed agreement is ratified by the unions and representative associations for public servants, then the expenditure will use fiscal space.  However, I should point out that the confidence and supply arrangement speci...

2. Deputy David Cullinane asked the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform the progress his Department has made in costing a return to a single tier pay structure across the public sector; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 26405/17 asked on 01 Jun 2017 - Public Sector Pay)

Deputy David Cullinane: The Minister will know that on several occasions I have attempted to get a costing on returning the public service to a single tier pay structure. He will also know it is an issue I have raised with him several time. I wish all sides well in the current pay talks, and it is one of the issues I would imagine has been raised, but has the Minister’s Department made any progress on costing a return to a single tier pay structure?
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