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Public Service Pay Negotiations Update – 23rd May 2017

Discussions in the national pay negotiations continued today with a range of sub issues touched upon, but not concluded. 

On the issue of outsourcing the INMO first and foremost stressed the need for high quality publicly owned and delivered public services. This was also coupled with a call for adherence to previous agreements necessitating full assessment, consultation and agreement prior to considering outsourcing any services. 

Management also sought a commitment to the implementation, or updating, of time and attendance methods and technology, in the health services this refers to e-rostering and methods to monitor attendance. This was met with a chorus of issues from the INMO, which are to be considered by management. 

Discussions also took place around pay frequency, and payment in arrears, issues which predominantly affect grades not represented by the INMO, however, we participated in the discussion and identified a number of potential issues which we will address in reconvened discussions. 

A brief engagement took place about contracts of indefinite duration, involving the education and health sectors, with the INMO seeking a  standardised approach across the public service which should see permanent contracts offered after two years. This refers to people already in service, as our separate national agreement now provides for the offering of permanent contracts to graduates and new recruits. 

Finally, a discussion took place around rostering and the method of payments for shift premia. The INMO made the point, in terms of rostering, that our members currently offer a 24/7 service which meets services users’ needs as they arise, additionally we stressed that all hours worked by nurses and midwives must be paid for, and furthermore considering the range of shifts worked by nurses and midwives it is essential that all unsocial hours premiums are paid on the basis of actual hours worked.

While the discussions today explored a range of issues no conclusions were reached and management were left with significant food for thought. Tomorrow discussions will commence around public service pensions, hours of work and technical recruitment issues, as well as continuing on contracts of indefinite duration and time and attendance.  Throughout we remain focused on the need for restoration and parity, and the necessity for progress without detriment relating to current terms and conditions. Finally, tomorrow morning the INMO with meet with the Department of Health and Health Employers to commence the high level monitoring process around our recently concluded recruitment and retention agreement.

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