Working Hours Although there is no general reduction in working time under the PSSA, the agreement has given officers the possibility of a permanent return to pre-Haddington Road hours on the basis of a proportional wage adjustment. Staff members were able to opt for this agreement at the beginning of the agreement (January-April 2018) and can do so for a period after the end of the agreement (January-April 2021). The agreement also contains a provision allowing the conversion of annual leave into flexible hours. Unions said they had made solid progress on the three priorities set by the Public Service Committee of the Irish Trade Union Congress (Ictu) at the start of the discussions – a mechanism for resolving outstanding issues in the Haddington Road agreement; A separate way to solve sectoral problems and a realistic and acceptable approach to compensation. 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). 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 agreement builds on the considerable level of reform in the public service under the 2010-14 Public Service Agreement and contains a number of other measures needed to support the provision of a more integrated, efficient and effective public service. Until the agreement expires, more than 90% of public servants and civil servants will earn as much, or more than when wage cuts were introduced in 2010 and (for the best income) in 2013. Nearly a quarter (low wages) have been completely removed from the “retirement tax” introduced in 2009.
The rest will make cuts in these payments, the rest being turned into “additional contributions.” 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.” Newcomers The term “new entrants” refers to people who started working in the public service after 2011 (and organizations related to it for wage purposes) when the government imposed, without agreement, lower pay scales for new employees.