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Austerity Public Service Pay Agreements in the Framework of FEMPI were a historic Capitulation By Irish Trade Union Leadership- FULLY RESTORE PAY AND PENSIONS NOW!

No Other Trade Union Centre in an EU Country Collaborated With Anti-Union Laws!

(See Also on This Blog: UPDATE: Super-Rich Irish Awash with Money                              LINK: http://wp.me/pKzXa-n4)

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The Document laid by Government before the Oireachtas last Friday, June 29 nowhere asserted that there is a continuing emergency in the public finances justifying continuing reduced public service pensions and pay !!!!!

Minister Howlin, Introducing FEMPI 2015, Dail Eireann

“The criteria required, as I have put on the record before, are that to sustain pension(reduction) contribution to (the emergency), there needs to be an emergency which needs to be certified. The contribution must be one towards addressing that emergency.”

Full Document Laid Before Dáil by Minister Donohoeat Link just below

file:///C:/Users/Admin/Downloads/Annual-Review-of-FEMPI-2018.pdf

 The document laid before the Oireachtas last Friday, June 29 nowhere asserted that there is a continuing emergency in the public finances. Instead, it gave an entirely false  economic and political justification for continued cuts in public service pay and pensions to the advantage of the massively wealthy Irish Super Rich   (See Irish Super Rich Awash with Money https://wp.me/pKzXa-n4)

Minister Howlin Speaking in Favour of FEMPI Bill 2015, Tuesday, 10 November 2015

“The bottom line is I agree with the thrust of what Deputy Healy said about pensions being a preserved property right. That has been determined by the courts. That is why we have taken very careful advices from the Attorney General, of which some have already been tested in the courts. The criteria required, as I have put on the record before, are that to sustain pension(reduction) contribution to (the emergency), there needs to be an emergency which needs to be certified. The contribution must be one towards addressing that emergency. It needs to be proportionate in terms of the person’s income and it needs to be non-discriminatory. In other words, one cannot say that category of people should be deprived of a pension and that category should not. It has to have general application.

I believe those criteria are met with this Bill”.-Minister Howlin

As Minister Howlin’s criterion of certification of a continuing emergency has not occurred any payment of reduced pensions is clearly unconstitutional. Continued payment of reduced public service pay and retention of  two-tier pay scales are completely unjustified.

I carry below the Amendment to the Public Service Pay and Pensions Bill 2017 Proposed by Seamus Healy TD. It was designed to prevent the kind of false “certification” of a continued financial emergency which took place last Friday June 29.

But since that amendment was proposed the total confidence trick in favour of the massively wealthy Irish  super-rich  has become even more clear.

Note-Financial Assets Include Shares, bank deposits, insurance policies etc but not homes, buildings, farm etc. Debts (including mortgage and credit card debt) are negative financial asserts .Households are composed of persons and exclude companies

Sources Central Bank Report  and CSO Institutional Sector Accounts 2017 Q3   

Total net Financial Assets  (All Irish Households) 2017     =375 Billion

Total Net Financial Assets at Peak Boom Level 2006           =275 Billion

Top 10% of Financial Asset Holders hold 53% of all assets  Fixed and Financial

As many households have negative net financial assets( eg mortgage debt plus credit card debt exceed bank deposits and shares), assume top 10% hold 60% of all financial assets (underestimate)

Total Net Financial Assets of Top 10% of Households 2017    =  225 Billion

Total Net Financial Assets of Top 10% of Households   2006  = 165 Billion

Gain of Top 10% since 2006                                                      =    60 billion

Annual Tax Rate to Generate 10 billion Euro from top 10%     =   10/225=4.4%

(currently there is no tax on financial assets. Payment of reduced pensions is a confiscation of private property not a tax. DIRT is a tax on income from financial assets not on the assets themselves).

Amendment  No  6 To Public Service Pay and Pensions Bill 2017 by Seamus Healy TD

(Removing the authority from government to continue falsely certifying the Financial Emergency each year)

Add new subsection 3 to Section 4 of Bill

New Section 4(3) to read:

In the light of  (a) The fact that then Minister For Finance Michael  Noonan TD speaking at the Oireachtas Budget Oversight Committee on September 21, 2016, when advocating further reductions in Universal Social Charge, said:

“The opinions of the political parties(including Fine Gael-PH) during the election were to the effect that the USC needed to be reduced, that it was an emergency tax introduced at a particular time and that now that the emergency was over, work should continue to phase it out.”

(b)The fact that then Finance Minister Noonan said, on October 13 2015 in introducing his annual budget: “The forecast deficit for 2015 of 2.1% is well ahead of our original target of 2.7% and our excessive deficit requirement of less than 3% of gross domestic product, GDP. Consequently, we will exit the corrective arm of the Stability and Growth Pact and move into the preventive arm of the pact”

(c) The fact that then Tánaiste Joan Burton (Deputy Prime Minister)  said in an opinion Piece in Irish Times Thursday October 29 in which she advocated increases in public service pay: “While the emergency is over, though, the need for reform is not.”

(d)The fact that, in the last 2 budgets, significant Reductions in Income Tax and Universal Social Charge were granted to the 5% of citizens with the highest incomes and whose incomes average approximately 180,000 Euro per annum. This cohort includes the top10,000 income recipients with average incomes of 595,000 Europer annum each(PQ REPLY FROM MINISTER NOONAN)

(E)The fact that then Minister Howlin stated in Oireachtas

Tuesday, 10 November 2015

“The bottom line is I agree with the thrust of what Deputy Healy said about pensions being a preserved property right. That has been determined by the courts. That is why we have taken very careful advices from the Attorney General, of which some have already been tested in the courts. The criteria required, as I have put on the record before, are that to sustain pension(reduction) contribution to (the emergency), there needs to be an emergency which needs to be certified. The contribution must be one towards addressing that emergency. It needs to be proportionate in terms of the person’s income and it needs to be non-discriminatory. In other words, one cannot say that category of people should be deprived of a pension and that category should not. It has to have general application.

I believe those criteria are met with this Bill”.

Accordingly, Subsection 2 of Section 12 of FEMPI ACT 2013 is hereby repealed

 

 

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Two-tier teaching: It’s time to close the gap

Irish Times Editorial  Friday, April 6, 2018,

Minister for Education Richard Bruton’s stated objective is to ensure we have the best education and training system in Europe within a decade. He also wants Ireland to be a European leader in science, technology, engineering and maths education. While the ambition is laudable, there are growing questions over how this can be delivered.

Teachers’ annual conferences this week heard of how reduced pay and low-hour contracts have left many new entrants struggling to make ends meet. Many new teachers recruited since 2011 are reliant on fragments of work and struggling to pay their rents, raise family or make ends meet. In some cases, young graduates are working part-time jobs to supplement very modest incomes. It is no surprise that many new entrant teachers are emigrating to countries where they can secure full-time hours on higher wages, while some say they are leaving the profession and moving into other careers.

A shortage of teachers in key areas at both primary and second level now threatens to undermine the quality of our education system. At post-primary level, in particular, difficulties finding qualified teachers in key areas such as science, maths and languages risk undermining subject choice for students.

If we are to achieve the Minister’s aims, our young people must have access to top-quality teachers. Ending two-tier pay gaps in teaching will not solve the problem of shortages – the issue is more complicated than that – but it is an important first step. At the very least, a pathway for pay equality should be produced soon, in line with demands from the three teachers’ unions this week.

Bruton has helped to narrow the bulk of the gap that exists between new entrants and their more experienced colleagues. However, it will soon be almost a decade since financial emergency measures were introduced. The longer pay inequality continues, the greater the impact it will have on teachers’ long-term earnings.

Teaching in Ireland has traditionally been seen as an attractive profession with status, good conditions and a solid career path. An international panel which reviewed teacher education in Ireland in 2012 found that “the academic standard of applicants (to teacher education courses) is among the highest, if not the highest in the world”. We cannot take this for granted given the competition for talent across other sectors.

Young teachers should be properly rewarded for the role they play in firing young minds and helping students reach their full potential. The best members of the profession do not just educate children: they build their confidence, provide important support and help develop crucial skills needed for their future careers. It is vitally important that teaching remains an attractive profession for our brightest and best graduates.

© 2018 irishtimes.com

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Sinn Féin Vote With Government  For Public Service Pay and Pensions Bill which Included Special Punishments for Members of Trade Unions who did not Agree with Governments desired  pay agreement. The Bill enacted these punishments including an  increment freeze. The Bill also continued pay apartheid in the public service by failing to give pay equality to new recruits. The Labour Party and the Greens also capitulated to Government anti-trade union legislation.

For The Bill 90  (Sinn Féin, Fianna Fáil, Greens, Ind Alliance, FG)

Against Public Service Pay and Pensions Bill  11    Seamus Healy (Workers and Unemployed Action), Richard Boyd Barrett (PBP), Tommy Broughan (Independents 4Change), Michael Collins (Rural Independent), Michael Fitzmaurice (Rural Independent),Mattie McGrath(Rural Independent), Catherine Murphy(Socia Democrat), Paul Murphy(Solidarity), Roisin Shortall (Social Democrats), Bríd Smith (PBP), Mick Wallace(IND4 Change) (Joan Collins was ill)
Did not vote 56 Deputies

Sinn Féin proposed  NO AMENDMENTS to Government Bill

Fianna Fáil Leader ,Micheál Martin Says ICTU AGREED TO INCREMENT FREEZE FOR WORKERS
“We recognise the issues surrounding the penalties imposed on public sector workers whose union or association has not ratified the Agreement and this was agreed by ICTU.”-Letter to Teachers from Mícheál Martin

Fianna Fáil withdrew all its amendments to the Bill except one. That amendment was accepted by government. It merely required government to give a report to the Dáil in 3 months on the discussions with trade unions on progress towards pay equality. Minister Donohoe explained to the Dáil that in accepting the amendment he was making NO COMMITTMENT to providing extra money during the life-time of the Public Service Pay and Pensions Bill

 DIVISION(VOTE) AGAINST BILL IN DÁIL NEARLY DID NOT HAPPEN !!!!

Nine Deputies are Required to Force a vote! But many left wing TDS did not stay in Dáil for vote!!

The vote took place on Thursday Night when Dáil does not normally sit.

Seamus Healy cancelled his clinics in Nenagh and Roscrea on Thursday Night

When Seamus Healy called the vote there were only 3 of the 6 Solidarity /PBP TDs and 2 of the 7 Independents4Change  present.  Fortunately 2 Social Democrats and 3 Rural Independents also supported the call for a vote against the Bill by Deputy Healy!!!!!

Deputy Seamus Healy: “I am speaking in opposition to this section(Section 21-increment freeze). There are significant punitive and draconian measures included in the Bill which are disproportionate and without precedent. They include the freezing of increments for three years and a nine-month delay in pay restoration. There is also the unequal two-tier system of payment for public servants, which affects in particular those employed after 1 January 2011. This section is effectively punishing those public servants who disagree with the proposed pay agreement. It freezes increments for three years. Not only are dissenting unions and their members being denied the benefits of the agreement but the existing pay scales of members from dissenting unions are being cut by law. This is being done through an increment freeze and it is the equivalent of denying entitlement to service pay and other measures (in private sector).”

Question put: “That the Bill do now pass.”

The Dáil divided: Tá, 90; Níl, 11; Staon, 0.

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Question declared carried.

Eddie Conlon on ICTU Involvement in Government Anti-Union Law
Did ICTU Agree the Sanctions in the Pay Bill?
“We recognise the issues surrounding the penalties imposed on public sector workers whose union or association has not ratified the Agreement and this was agreed by ICTU.”
The above is from a letter from Micháel Martin, Leader of Fianna Fáil, sent to teacher campaigning against the Pay Bill. Others have got similar letters from Fianna Fáil TDs using the same wording.
What this suggests is that ICTU agreed to the sanctions. Their silence in opposition to them would certainly suggest that they did.
We should take careful note of what Paschal Donohoe said during the debate: “The availability of those increments and the ability to gain them depends on whether people are part of a group of unions to accept the agreement.”
The whole basis of our incremental regime is being changed. Increments will now depend on what union you belong to.
Our unions now need to demand a clear statement from ICTU in relation to all this and should condemn the silence of ICTU in relation to the Bill.
I think we should all now consider putting motions to the next Annual Congress to leave ICTU.

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ICTU ALLOWING GOVERNMENT TO SET DISASTROUS PRECEDENT FOR EMPLOYERS IN COMMERCIAL STATE BODIES AND IN THE PRIVATE SECTOR BY PUNISHING PUBLIC SERVICE UNIONS WHO DISAGREE WITH A PROPOSED PAY AGREEMENT.

DISSENTING UNIONS ARE NOT ONLY BEEN DENIED THE BENEFITS OF THE AGREEMENT.

THE EXISTING PAY SCALES OF MEMBERS OF DISSENTING UNIONS ARE BEING CUT BY LAW. THIS IS BEING DONE BY INCREMENT FREEZES (EQUIVALENT OF DENIAL OF ENTITLEMENT TO SERVICE PAY) AND OTHER MEASURES.

The Irish Business Employers Confederation are Watching!!!

THESE MEASURES ARE NOT IN THE EMPLOYER-UNION AGREEMENT ITSELF

BUT ICTU IS REMAINING SILENT WHILE GOVERNMENT INTRODUCES THE “INDUSTRIAL PUNISHMENT BEATINGS” BY LAW in addition to the measures in Public Service Stability Agreement. Both are included in the PUBLIC SERVICE PAY AND PENSIONS BILL-now going through Dáil

UNLESS THIS IS STOPPED ,in the future any private sector employer or commercial state body can do the same!

 DIDN’T THE GOVERNMENT DO IT BY LAW!!!!!

THOSE RESPONSIBLE

Members OF ICTU OFFICER BOARD

President

Sheila Nunan (INTO)

Vice-President

Kevin Callinan (IMPACT)

Vice-President

Alison Millar (NIPSA)

Treasurer

Joe O’Flynn (SIPTU)

Standing Committee Members (5 in total)

  • Larry Broderick (FSU)
  • Shay Cody (IMPACT)
  • Phil Ni Sheaghdha (INMO)
  • Jackie Pollock (UNITE)
  • Eoin Ronayne (CPSU)

Jack O’Connor, General President of SIPTU is a member of the Wider Executive Council of ICTU

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Why Are ICTU Silent While Even Fianna Fail Criticises The Lack of a Path to Pay Equality for new entrants  and the Punitive increment freezes etc for “uncovered employees” in the Public Service Pay and Pensions Bill? Meanwhile the Labour Party hides, absenting themselves from the Dáil—Any word from Labour Party Chairman, Jack O’Connor, General President of SIPTU???

 

Speech of Seamus Healy TD below-“Bill is a breach of the Conventions of the International Labour Organisation on Free Trade Unions”

Following the debate on the Pay Bill yesterday it is now clear that, due to the work being done by TUI Grassroots, Glóir do Mhuinteoirí(INTO) and FIGHTBACK (ASTI) , there is widespread concern about the absence of provision for equal pay and the about the draconian sanctions for unions who do not sign up to the pay agreement. Speaker after speaker condemned the Bill for not providing for equal pay and for being oppressive.

Even Fianna Fail are pointing to the oppressive nature of the legislation and the absence of a pathway to equal pay. Below are extracts from what they said. Note that James Lawless said that the bill contains very draconian measures: “it appears to affect even those unions which have not assented to agreement even if they have not engaged in industrial action. If they were to vocalise their dissent or express their unhappiness with the agreement, even if they were to take no industrial action or steps along those lines, their members will be excluded from the benefits because, if I am reading it correctly, they will be non-covered public servants”.

Surely if FF can come to this conclusion the question must be asked why the ICTU have remained absolutely silent in relation to the Bill. Why are they not expressing the same concerns?

It is now imperative that the three teacher unions demand that ICTU seek the removal of the oppressive sanctions in the Bill. We must also ensure that every FF TD is lobbied over the weekend to ensure they support amendments that provide for equal pay and remove the sanctions in the Bill.

I haven’t said anything about the Labour Party. Thats because they were not present for the debate and did not speak.

What FF said:

Dara Calleary
“I am nervous about the inclusion in this Bill of an aspect of industrial relations strategy. I will expect to hear more on this issue from the Minister on Committee and Report Stages. Sections 11 to 14, inclusive, differentiate between public servants who approve the deal and those who do not. This strategy has been agreed by the employer, but I remain to be convinced that it belongs in primary legislation. We need to work to consider that in much more detail.”

James Lawless
The principal difficulty with this legislation as I see it is that it does not appear even to create a pathway to pay equality. I welcome the Minister’s comments on what path forward can be found. I hope one can be found. That aspiration does not even appear to be contained in the legislation. If there is a way to sew such a pathway into it, perhaps through amendments on Committee Stage, it may be a way to proceed. At face value, however, I do not see that in the legislation.

There are again difficulties in respect of traditional custom and practice, trade union rights and industrial relations machinery. If one looks at section 21, there is what appears to be a very draconian measure. Not only does it prohibit, or appear to prohibit, members of those unions who will not enter an agreement from receiving the benefits of the measures in this legislation, but if I interpret it correctly, and this is the key point, it appears to affect even those unions which have not assented to agreement even if they have not engaged in industrial action. If they were to vocalise their dissent or express their unhappiness with the agreement, even if they were to take no industrial action or steps along those lines, their members will be excluded from the benefits because, if I am reading it correctly, they will be non-covered public servants. The union they belong to will be in that category.
It is a step too far to disbar a member of a union from benefitting. It appears that many issues such as the right to collective action, the right to take collective bargaining and freedom of association arise. I would welcome any clarification if I and the teaching unions are wrong in that interpretation.”

 

 

 

 

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Seamus Healy TD Demands Full Equality for New Entrants to Public Service, Withdrawal of Punishments for members of unions which do not reach agreement with the Government as their employer and full and immediate restoration of Pensions

 Dáil Record

Deputy Seamus Healy :”The Public Service Pay and Pensions Bill is anti-trade union legislation. It includes oppressive measures which are not included in the recent public service pay agreement. It also includes punishments for trade unionists whose unions do not agree to the new industrial relations agreement proposed by their employers. Among these is an increment freeze which is essentially a punishment pay cut, the industrial relations equivalent of a punishment beating. How can members of the Independent Alliance, including the Minister of State, Deputy Finian McGrath and Deputy John Halligan, support this attack on the rights of free trade unions? I will propose amendments to delete the increment freeze and other punishment measures. This Bill is a breach of the freedom of association under the International Labour Organization conventions.

I received an email today from a trade union activist who rightly pointed out that this Bill is an inducement for workers to leave and remain outside trade unions. He refers to Part 1, section 3 and Part 1, section 3(6) of the Bill. He says that in that circumstance if at least one of the recognised trade unions or staff associations notifies to the Workplace Relations Commission its assent to the agreement in writing then a public servant in that grade or category who is not a member of a union will not be deemed a non-covered public servant and will escape the punishment measures. He went on to say that it is easy to envisage a situation where one union assents to the agreement and another does not. The direct implication is that members of the non-assenting union can simply leave their union and so escape the punishments being meted out to members of that union. He makes the point that this is a direct financial inducement in legislation to trade union members to leave their union or, looked at another way, blackmail threatened against those who choose to remain. He notes that it is also, in some cases, a contractual inducement in terms of accelerating contracts of indefinite duration which may be withdrawn as part of the punishments, as has been inflicted recently on members of the Association of Secondary Teachers in Ireland, ASTI.

A number of unions are opposed to the measures in the Bill. The Teachers’ Union of Ireland, TUI, has asked members to contact their public representatives about it. I received a letter today from a member of the TUI and I will read it into the record. It states:

I am requesting that you, as a public representative in my constituency, seek amendments to the Public Service Pay and Pensions Bill 2017 to remove the unacceptable threats it contains. … This Bill represents an oppressive effort by Government to coerce compliance with a national agreement that, in its current form, leaves gross injustice intact in terms of a continuing regime of pay inequality for those who entered the profession since 1 January 2011. The three main teachers’ unions have voted against the public service stability agreement in national ballots. The main reason in each case is the acceptance that the agreement would halt progress in the campaign for pay equality for a further three years. … The punitive draconian consequences for members of unions not covered by the agreement mapped out in this Bill are disproportionate and unprecedented. They include a freeze on increments for three years and a nine month delay of pay restoration measures. These threats would have the most severe effect on the same new and recent entrants to the public service who have suffered discrimination and pay inequality by virtue simply of the date that they commenced their public service employment. … As my local representative I urge you to reject the oppressive approach set out in the Bill and urge that you seek amendments that remove these unacceptable threats.

Basically, this Bill provides for a two-tier pay structure that discriminates against public servants who started employment after 1 January 2011. This has created a huge recruitment and retention difficulty in various areas of the public service, including the health service and education. It affects nurses, doctors, teachers, gardaí and public servants who commenced employment since 1 January 2011.

It is important to note that the attacks on trade unionists who are not party to the public service stability agreement are not in the trade union agreement itself. They are only in this Bill. This is an attempt by the Government to blackmail Deputies into supporting an attack on the right to free trade unions and the right to freedom of association under the International Labour Organization’s conventions. The Minister says the Bill represents a complete unwinding of emergency measures. Does that mean this anti-trade union Bill is a model for future permanent industrial relations legislation?

The failure to repeal the Financial Emergency Measures in the Public Interest Act 2013 power to certify a financial emergency every June retains the possibility of new emergency pay and pension cuts being enacted in new FEMPI legislation. A number of unions have sought to have the sanctions against uncovered employees removed. This Bill is fundamentally flawed in this respect. The Government must withdraw the anti-trade union sections of the Bill, including the punishments or sanctions sections.

Of course, the Bill provides for pay increases for those who are already very well paid, including Members of the Oireachtas, and for significant pension increases for 30 former Ministers and taoisigh. In fact, it provides for an increase of €15,000 per year in pensions to the former taoisigh, Mr. Bertie Ahern and Mr. Brian Cowen, and slightly smaller increases for other former taoisigh. The former Taoiseach, Mr. Bertie Ahern, will have a pension of €152,000 per year. On the other hand, new entrants to the public service will not get a pay increase of even 1 cent.

This is significant and vicious discrimination against low-paid public servants. I will be proposing an amendment to bring about pay equality between all public servants.

There is no proposal in this Bill to improve the atrocious pension scheme imposed on new entrants. It would be illegal in the private sector because there is no effective employer contribution. On the other hand, former taoisigh and Ministers who already have significant pensions are entitled to significant increases as high as €15,000 per year while pay increases are available for Deputies and Senators.

 

The other aspect of this Bill is the question of the emergency. In the explanatory memorandum, the Minister speaks about a full unwinding of the Financial Emergency Measures in the Public Interest, FEMPI, Acts through this measure. This is, of course, incorrect. The Bill fails to repeal subsection (2) of section 12 of the Financial Emergency Measures in the Public Interest Act 2013. This section, which enables the Government to certify the continuation of a financial emergency before 30 June of each year, remains. This allows the Government to continue retaining a portion of the private property of pensioners and even to bring in new pension cuts. This is despite the fact that the former Minister for Finance confirmed on a number of occasions, for example when speaking before the Committee on Budget Oversight, that the emergency is over. The former Tánaiste, Deputy Burton, also declared that the financial emergency was over. However, this section of the FEMPI legislation of 2013 still remains in force in accordance with this Bill. I appeal to Fine Gael, the Independent Alliance and Fianna Fáil to stop the attacks on the rights of free trade unions, to withdraw the punishment sections in this Bill, to end the injustice caused to new entrants and to end the financial emergency by repealing the relevant section of the 2013 Act. If these amendments are not made during the progress of this Bill through the House, particularly on Committee Stage, I will certainly oppose and vote against this Bill.”

 

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Seamus Healy TD has Submitted the Amendments below to The Public Service Pay and Pensions Bill

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Amendment 1   (Providing Pay Equality to New Entrants to Public Service”

Amend section 6 by adding new subsection  (5)

(5)All public servants serving in the same category or grade will be treated equally for the purpose of pay. Those who entered the service after   1 January  2011 will, on 1 January 2018, be placed on the salary which they would have reached if they had been treated in accordance with the provisions for the appointment of public servants prior to 2011. For the purposes of this section the salaries of those so adjusted will include any allowances to which they would have been entitled if appointed prior to 2011.

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Amendment 2  (Providing immediate pay restoration)

Amend subsection 23(2) by deleting “1 October  2020” and substituting “1January 2018”

 

Amend subsection 23(3) by deleting “1 October  2021” and substituting “1January 2018”

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Amendment 3  (Removing Additional Pension Contribution)

AMEND  Part 4 by deleting all sections  in PART 4 (ADDITIONAL SUPERANNUATION CONTRIBUTION)  in their entirety

 

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Amendment 4  (Removing threat of Increment Freeze)

Amend  Section 21 by deleting the section in its entirety

 

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Amendment 5  (removing punitive extra pension contribution for members of trade unions who do not agree to the Public Service Stability Agreement 2018-2020)

In respect of Payment of additional superannuation contribution for 2019 and 2020 (non-covered public servant), amend section 33 by deleting section 33 in its entirety.

 

Amendment    6  (Removing the authority from government to continue the Financial Emergency each year)

Add new subsection 3 to Section 4 of Bill

New Section 4(3) to read:

In the light of  (a) The fact that then Minister For Finance Michael  Noonan TD speaking at the Oireachtas Budget Oversight Committee on September 21, 2016, when advocating further reductions in Universal Social Charge, said:

“The opinions of the political parties during the election were to the effect that the USC needed to be reduced, that it was an emergency tax introduced at a particular time and that now that the emergency was over, work should continue to phase it out.”

(b)The fact that then Finance Minister Noonan said, on October 13 2015 in introducing his annual budget: “The forecast deficit for 2015 of 2.1% is well ahead of our original target of 2.7% and our excessive deficit requirement of less than 3% of gross domestic product, GDP. Consequently, we will exit the corrective arm of the Stability and Growth Pact and move into the preventive arm of the pact”

(c) The fact that then Tánaiste Joan Burton (Deputy Prime Minister)  said in an opinion Piece in Irish Times Thursday October 29 in which she advocated increases in public service pay: “While the emergency is over, though, the need for reform is not.”

(d)The fact that, in the last 2 budgets, significant Reductions in Income Tax and Universal Social Charge were granted to the 5% of citizens with the highest incomes and whose incomes average approximately 180,000 Euro per annum

(E)The fact that then Minister Howlin stated in Oireachtas

Tuesday, 10 November 2015

“The bottom line is I agree with the thrust of what Deputy Healy said about pensions being a preserved property right. That has been determined by the courts. That is why we have taken very careful advices from the Attorney General, of which some have already been tested in the courts. The criteria required, as I have put on the record before, are that to sustain pension(reduction) contribution to (the emergency), there needs to be an emergency which needs to be certified. The contribution must be one towards addressing that emergency. It needs to be proportionate in terms of the person’s income and it needs to be non-discriminatory. In other words, one cannot say that category of people should be deprived of a pension and that category should not. It has to have general application.

I believe those criteria are met with this Bill”.

Accordingly, Subsection 2 of Section 12 of FEMPI ACT 2013 is hereby repealed

 

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Amendment 7  (Providing  full pension restoration to those on pensions up to 50,000Euro on Jan 1 2019)

Amendment to section 24 of Public Service Pay and Pensions Bill, 2017

On line 16 of page 17,

  1. 1 (a)  which reads  “ by the substitution of “€39,000” for “€34,132”,” is amended to read

“ by the substitution of “€50,000” for “€34,132”,”

In table D on Page 18

The second Row of Table D which reads “Up to €39,000  Exempt” is amended to read:

“Up to €50,000    Exempt”

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Public Service Pay and Pensions Bill undermines union rights

Shameful Silence From Trade Union Leaders

 Letter to Irish Times   Wednesday, November 22, 2017
From  JANA LYONS,Glór do Mhúinteoirí(INTO);EDDIE CONLON,TUI Grassroots;MARK WALSHE,Fightback (ASTI Activist Group).

A chara, – The silence from the trade union movement in response to the publication of the Public Service Pay and Pensions Bill 2017 is remarkable. This legislation, which will be debated in the Dáil this week, gives effect to the Public Services Stability Agreement (PSSA). It will compound and continue pay inequality for post-2011 public servants, including teachers. It will lead, as your news paper reported (“TDs and public servants to have pay cuts reversed”, News, November 9th), to the net pay for most public servants being reduced “through the conversion of the pension levy . . . into a permanent pension contribution”.

The three teacher unions voted to reject the PSSA. They did so mainly because it does not reverse pay inequality and specifically provides that no change can occur to deliver equal pay for the duration of the agreement. Teachers appointed in 2011 have already lost over €26,000 in earnings in addition to the paycuts imposed on their more senior colleagues. There is no doubt that this inequality in pay is one of the reasons for the current acute crisis in teacher supply. This legislation, if passed in its current form, will be used to try to prevent teacher unions from taking effective action to deliver equal pay during the lifetime of the PSSA. This is because of the sanctions contained in the legislation for unions who do not assent to the PSSA.

Members of unions who do not assent will, among other measures, have increments frozen until 2021 and will face the effective continuation of the pension levy for two extra years. The intent of this is to force unions that did not accept the agreement to assent to it, ignore the democratic wishes of their members and abandon any effective campaign to progress the just cause of lower-paid teachers and lecturers. The legislation represents a fundamental attack on trade union rights. The democratic rights of union members to engage in free collective bargaining is being undermined. The right of members to say no to an unjust agreement is being denied.

It should be noted that this legislation provides provision to allow for the eventual full restoration of the inflated pensions of those responsible for the economic crash yet does not provide any pathway to equal pay for lower-paid teachers and lecturers.

We are calling on all trade unionists, particularly the leaders of teacher unions, to demand that the oppressive measures in this legislation be removed and that it be amended to provide for equal pay now. – Yours, etc,

JANA LYONS,

Glór do Mhúinteoirí(INTO);

EDDIE CONLON,

TUI Grassroots;

MARK WALSHE,

Fightback (ASTI Activist Group),

Dublin 7.

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Systematic Corruption of Irish Trade Union Leaders Through lure of POST RETIREMENT STATE JOBS-BAN THE PRJ FOR GENERAL SECRETARIES!

Open Meeting for TUI Activist and Supporters of TUI Grassroots

OPPOSE ANY ACCEPTANCE OF NEW PUBLIC SERVICE PAY AGREEMENT BY TUI

In order to facilitate people from outside Dublin the meeting will be on

 Saturday October 7th at 1pm in the Teachers Club, Parnell Square.

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UNIONS SHOULD PULL OUT OF TALKS NOW!
First The unions Conceded Major Pro-Employer Changes to Industrial Relations Law Under Bertie
Then they shamefully agreed to Negotiate in the Framework of Pay And Pension Cuts and FEMPi anti-trade uion Law under FG-Lab
Now Varadkar proposes what are effectively strike bans in the public service
Simultaneously the Government goes on the Offensive in the Public Service Pay Talks.

UNIONS THROUGH HARBOUR (IMPACT) PUBLICLY AGREE THERE IS LITTLE MONEY IN “THE FISCAL SPACE”. THEY HAVE AGREED TO FORGET ABOUT THE 600 MILLION PER YEAR BEING GIVEN TO HOTEL OWNERS IN VAT RELIEF THOUGH DUBLIN HOTEL ROOMS ARE THE DEAREST IN EUROPE. THEY HAVE AGREED NOT TO TAX THE 6 BILLION EURO GAINED BY THE RICHEST 12 IRISH CITIZENS IN THE PAST YEAR
The Post Retirement Job gang of General Secretaries(PRJ) have brought the Irish Trade Union Movement to it’s Knees

Former ICTU President and Post Retirement Job King , Peter McClune (IMPACT) SIGNED OFF ON Capitulatory  Report of the Oireachtas Public Service Pay Commission in the famework of which these disastrously disadvantageous pay “negotiations” are situated.

From Government Website; Mr Peter Mc Loone was General Secretary of the IMPACT Trade Union from 1995 until his retirement in July 2010. He was elected President of the Irish Congress of Trade Unions from 2005 to 2007. He was Chair of the ICTU Public Services Committee for 17 years. He served as a member of the Labour Relations Commission for 15 years(after his retirement) until September 2015. He is currently a Board member of the Institute of International and European Affairs, the National College of Ireland, the Irish Society of Chartered Physiotherapists and the Irish Times Trust.
Larkin and Connolly have averted their faces!
WORKERS MUST PUT AN END TO THIS COLLABORATION NOW!

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ICTU HAS ALREADY AGREED EXTENSION OF LANSDOWNE RD PAY REDUCTIONS AND EXTRA FREE HOURS and CONTINUATION of FINANCIAL EMERGENCY MEASURES in the PUBLIC  INTEREST(FEMPI) Anti-Trade Union Law as Pay Commission Reports.

ICTU SAYS FINANCIAL EMERGENCY IS OVER (See below) But ICTU HAS AGREED TO THE Continuation of FEMPI

The Only Function of the Formal Talks Will  Be to Strongarm Dissident Trade Unions Into Compliance– That Was The Only Function of The Formal Lansdowne RD TALKS!!!

This  “SELL-OUT” MUST BE RESISTED!

Peter McCloone (IMPACT)  and Noel Dowling (SIPTU) SIGNED OFF ON Capitulatory Report

These can be assumed to have the approval of IMPACT Gen.Sec Shay Coady and SIPTU GEN Pres. Jack O’Connor

Members of Pay Commission Were Appointed By EMPLOYER SIDE LEADER MINISTER Donoghue–and trade unions accepted this!

FEMPI will lapse unless the government certifies the continued existence of a financial emergency to both houses of the oireachtas. This would mean complete and immediate restoration of cuts in pensions. Despite the Recent statement of Tom Geraghty, Secretary of Public Services Committee of ICTU asserting that the financial emergency is over, ICTU has given the go ahead to government to recertify the emergency by June 30

There is no mention in Report of need to tax the massive asset gains of super-rich–see Irish Super-Rich Awash with Money on This Blog

The Report  guidelines are set within the framework of the unequal EU Fiscal Treaty and the refusal of FG-FF-Lab-Greens-Independent Alliance to Tax the Massive Growth of the Assets of the Irish Super-Rich. These parameters generate the  contrived”Fiscal Space”

Top 300 Irish Rich Individuals Gained 12 Billion Euro in last year alone-Sunday Independent Rich List. Full Pay and Pensions Restoration would Cost 1.4 Billion according to Minister Donoghoe

Read also on this blog: How ICTU Continues To Fail US-End the Conflict of Interest-Ban the Post Retirement Job for Senior Union Officials

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 Things You Should Know About the Oireachtas Pay Commission Report

(Thanks to Eddie Conlon for material carried on facebook page TUI Grassroots, some of which I have used here)

The Report of the Pay Commission was published on Tuesday May 7. Despite the spinning from senior trade union figures this report will lead to continuation of FEMPI, continued attacks on our pay and conditions and will not help us resolve key issues such as pay and pension parity  for new entrants, elimination of free hours and full restoration of private property in pensions in payment.

  1. Our Hands Will be still tied by FEMPI

The Report does not call for the immediate unwinding of FEMPI. It says that a “critical factor in any future pay agreement and/or unwinding of FEMPI will be the State’s ability to pay in the context of competing pressures on the public purse.” (p. 4) (See Super-Rich Irish Awash With Money on This Blog)  It says there is a basis for talks on an extension of the LRA and that we “ it will be a matter for the parties to negotiate a timeframe that will provide for the orderly unwinding of the FEMPI legislation” (p.4)

What this fails to acknowledge is that FEMPI is a weapon in the hands of the government and ICTU, and will be used to force unions, who oppose whatever may emerge from the talks, into accepting the outcome. It will also be used by most union leaders to force their own members to vote for the outcome of the talks because FEMPI would be worse. You cannot negotiate with your hands tied behind your back. We should now demand that the restrictions in FEMPI be repealed before any talks commence. The ICTU must oppose the recertification of the financial emergency by Government before  June 30. Unless the financial  emergency is re-certified to both houses of the Oireachtas FEMPI will automatically lapse.

Cuts to Pensions in Payment are solely enforced by FEMPI (not by Croke Park, Haddington Rd , Lansdowne Rd). The assent by ICTU to the continuation of FEMPI in the Pay Commission Report means it has agreed to continued confiscation of portion of the private property of pensioners.

  1. Pay Cuts will not be restored

The only positive in this report is that it clearly shows the extent of cuts across the public sector. In 2016 private sector pay was, on average, 2.9% above 2008 levels. In the same period, public sector pay fell by 8.1%. By 2014 pay parity had been reached between the private and public sector: “The changes in public service and private sector earnings prior to 2014 have resulted in a decline in the public private earnings premium and for higher income groups the premium has shifted to a discount. It is likely that the premium has declined further in the last two years because private sector earnings increased at a faster rate than the public service.” (p. 53)

This is not to say that private sector workers have been having a good time of it. It is noteworthy that unit labour costs fell here by 25% between 2010 and 16 compared to a Euro zone average of 8%.

While the union leaders say that are seeking the full restoration of pay cuts the Report makes it clear that these will be conditional on the state of the public finances: “A critical factor in any future pay agreement and/or unwinding of FEMPI will be the State’s ability to pay”. The Report peddles the usual story that we can either fund services or pay public sector works without any consideration of the need to widen the tax base and increase revenue from the rich and wealthy (see my post on Where would the money come from?). The Report itself (p.26) shows that public spending is way below the Euro zone norm (29% of GDP as opposed to 49% in 2015). Trade union leaders are now buying into this and saying there may be no pay increase in 2018 because the money is just not there (Reminder; See Super-Rich Irish Awash with Money on this blog-The assets of the twelve richest Irish Citizens have increased by 6 Billion in the last year alone. Minister Donohoe says full restoration of PS Pay and pensions would cost 1.4 billion)

  1. Pay and Pension Parity Set Back

While the Report ackwowledges the submission made by the teacher union on pay parity, it offers nothing on this issue. It makes two key statements, which actually are arguments to retain pay inequality: “Based on the numbers of applicants and the gradual increase in overall public service numbers, we found no evidence to support the view that reduced pay rates for new entrants represent a barrier to recruitment to the public service in general.” (p.64) and “Even where the new lower scales have not caused recruitment difficulties the argument has been made that the resultant longer scales give rise to inequities between different cohorts of recruits, with the more recent recruits taking longer to progress to the maximum point of the scale and therefore earning less over the course of their career. The Commission has noted these concerns which are clearly a significant matter for the cohorts concerned on equity grounds. On the other hand, we are aware that differences between different employee cohorts (whether in pay or superannuation) are not confined to the public service.”(p.71 emphasise added).

I think the suggestions here is that it may be a problem for you teachers,nurses, guards etc but it isn’t for us!

The Report fails to even address pension disadvantage of new and recent entrants. Trident Consulting Told the Teaching Unions that the new “Single PS Pension Scheme” would be illegal in private sector because there is no effective employer pension contribution unless the pensioner lives beyond 95 years!!. While recent entrants are to continue to pay the same contributions for a smaller pension than their longer serving peers, gardai and armed forces are to pay higher contributions because they get a full pension with shorter service.  It has always been recognised that the nature of the job justifies “faster accrual” in these cases. But ICTU has rejected this!!!!

  1. A permanent pay cut

The Report notes (pp.16-8) that the Pension Levy came in in 2009 and that it yielded €900m a year. Even after the LRA changes to it yields €720m.

There is much material (some of it somewhat technical) on pension with the conclusion that those in the pre-2103 pension scheme have pensions which are between 12% and 18% more valuable than private sector pensions. In light of this, it wants to turn the pension levy into an increased pension contribution (p.37). And Gardai and members of the Armed Forces will be required to pay even more for “faster accrual”

  1. Permanent Extra Working Hours

While the Report does not deal with the issue of the additional hours directly, it does note (p.70) how valuable they have been to the employer and that annually 15 m additional unpaid hours have been delivered.

Again the Report is unhelpful in addressing this issuing by making it clear that “The Commission considers that where adjustments to pay are implemented in the public service, they must continue to be contingent on the delivery of reform and continuous improvements in productivity, in addition to other relevant criteria.”(p.75).

Minister Donohoe has said that retention of extra working hours is a red line issue for government. These extra hours are being falsely described by the Minister as increased productivity. Increased productivity is a process which makes existing hours worked more fruitful. THESE are Free HOURS which reduce the hourly rate of pay.

All in all the Report is not a good basis for advancing the issues that face members.It has effectively been agreed by ICTU through its representatives on the Public Service Pay Commission-Peter McCloone (IMPACT) and Noel Dowling (SIPTU) In fact, it’s very likely to lay the basis for permanent cuts, increased working hours, pay and pension inequality, and continued confiscation of pensions in payment and continuation of FEMPi anti-trade union law

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Defence Forces go “To War” in pay talks

It wants treatment comparable to the Garda representative associations, which have clawed back pay and allowances

Gardai (GRA)to Resist Extra Pension(Fast Accrual) Payments

“The garda pension is hard-earned, and a deferred payment for work already done. In essence, any accelerated accrual can be regarded as ‘danger money’,” GRA said.

Irish ExaminerSaturday, May 13, 2017

Sean O’Riordan and Stephen Rogers 

The organisation that represents the vast bulk of Defence Forces personnel is “preparing to go to war” in the new round of pay talks. It wants treatment comparable to the Garda representative associations, which have clawed back pay and allowances.

PDFORRA, which represents 7,000 frontline Army, Naval Service, and Air Corps enlisted personnel, has set out its stall ahead of the new round of negotiations with the Government about improved pay and conditions for its members.

PDFORRA is demanding comparable treatment to all public service employees, and has highlighted the dire pay that some Defence Forces’ members receive. For example, the Naval Service’s younger members are getting nearly half the minimum wage, while working massive hours on migrant rescue missions in the Mediterranean Sea.

Its National Executive Committee (NEC) has outlined what it wants from national pay talks to negotiate a successor to the Lansdowne Road Agreement.

PDFORRA vice president, Mark Keane, said the NEC meeting decided to push its agenda for members, “because of the additional financial burden borne by its members, following barrack closures and extensive organisational restructuring”.

“At times, this saw hard-pressed members having to sleep in cars to save petrol money,” Mr Keane said.

He added that PDFORRA members had endured more than most under the austerity measures exacted by the Government in recent years.

“We have looked at the improving budgetary situation, the detrimental impact of the Defence Forces reorganisation, and the treatment and priorities of other public service unions and associations, and, looking at all of these factors, PDFORRA had drawn up a bargaining agenda,” Mr Keane said.

The agenda includes a decrease in, or eradication of, pension-related deduction (PRD) and/or pay increases; the restoration of a 10% cut to allowances implemented under the Haddington Road Agreement, and the restoration of outstanding pay awards already recommended under adjudication.

Meanwhile, the Garda Representative Association, which represents rank-and-file members of the force, has warned that upcoming pay talks must not unfairly target gardaí.

Earlier this week, public service union sources said a three-tier system of pension contributions would have to be brought in, with gardaí, judges, and government ministers — who are all on fast accrual schemes — to pay the highest rates. However, the GRA said garda pensions had been successively devalued in both 1995 and 2013; with gardaí being forced into compulsory retirement as early as age 55, regardless of their financial needs.

“The garda pension is hard-earned, and a deferred payment for work already done. In essence, any accelerated accrual can be regarded as ‘danger money’,” it said.

EXTENSION OF LANSDOWNE RD PAY REDUCTIONS and Continuation of Financial Emergency Measures in The Public Interest(FEMPI) Anti-Trade Union Law Already Agreed as Pay Commission Reports.

ICTU SAYS FINANCIAL EMERGENCY IS OVER (See below) But ICTU HAS AGREED TO THE Continuation of FEMPI

The Only Function of the Formal Talks Will  Be to Strongarm Dissident Trade Unions Into Compliance– That Was The Only Function of The Formal Lansdowne RD TALKS!!!

This  “SELL-OUT” MUST BE RESISTED!

Peter McCloone (IMPACT)  and Noel Dowling (SIPTU) SIGNED OFF ON Capitulatory Report

These can be assumed to have the approval of IMPACT Gen.Sec Shay Coady and SIPTU GEN Pres. Jack O’Connor

Members of Pay Commission Were Appointed By EMPLOYER SIDE LEADER MINISTER Donoghue–and trade unions accepted this!

FEMPI will lapse unless the government certifies the continued existence of a financial emergency to both houses of the oireachtas. This would mean complete and immediate restoration of cuts in pensions. Despite the Recent statement of Tom Geraghty, Secretary of Public Services Committee of ICTU asserting that the financial emergency is over, ICTU has given the go ahead to government to recertify the emergency.

There is no mention in Report of need to tax the massive asset gains of super-rich–see Irish Super-Rich Awash with Money on This Blog

The Report  guidelines are set within the framework of the unequal EU Fiscal Treaty and the refusal of FG-FF-Lab-Greens-Independent Alliance to Tax the Massive Growth of the Assets of the Irish Super-Rich. These parameters generate the “Fiscal Space”

Top 300 Irish Rich Individuals Gained 12 Billion Euro in last year alone-Sunday Independent Rich List. Full Pay and Pensions Restoration would Cost 1.4 Billion according to Minister Donoghoe

Read also on this blog: How ICTU Continues To Fail US-End the Conflict of Interest-Ban the Post Retirement Job for Senior Union Officials

Public Service Pay Commission-Government Website

The Commission comprises a Chairperson and six members, all of whom were appointed by the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform, Mr Paschal Donohoe TD. The pages below contain brief biographies of the Commission members and the Terms of Reference under which the Commission operates.

Commission members

The Commission comprises a Chairperson and six members, all of whom were appointed by the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform, Mr Paschal Donohoe TD

Mr Kevin Duffy (Chair) began his career as a bricklayer, and was an official of the Bricklayers’ Union for 15 years. In 1987, he joined the Irish Congress of Trade Unions as Assistant General Secretary in charge of industrial relations. Mr Duffy – who is a qualified barrister – retired from the Labour Court in June 2016, having been appointed as Deputy Chairman in 1997, and serving as Chairman since 2003. Mr Duffy currently chairs the Expert Panel on Water Charges, which is scheduled to report in November.

Ms Marian Corcoran is an experienced business leader and executive coach. She has over 26 years of experience working in both the private and public sector in Ireland and internationally. Prior to joining Praesta, Ms Corcoran held a number of senior leadership positions in Accenture. During her career with Accenture, she worked with senior clients across diverse industries in the private and public sector in the US, Europe, UK and Ireland to shape and deliver transformational organisational, business and technology change.

Mr Ultan Courtney was appointed to the Board of CIÉ and as Chairman of Bus Átha Cliath in September 2014. He has wide experience in the Human Resources and Industrial Relations field. He is Managing Director of his own consultancy business and previously held positions in C&C Group Plc, Superquinn, Waterford Foods and IBEC. Mr Courtney holds a Degree in Economics and an M.A. from Trinity College Dublin and numerous qualifications in the areas of business strategy, employment law, mediation, arbitration and corporate legal governance.

Ms Ruth Curran is Managing Partner at MERC Partners where she specialises in senior executive and C level appointments across all industry sectors and leads the Board practice at MERC. Ms. Curran is a board member of the National Maternity Hospital Foundation and has recently been elected to the Governing Authority of The National University of Ireland, Galway. She is the 2016 recipient of the NUIG Business and Commerce Alumni of the Year Award. Ms. Curran is the Global chair of IIC Partners, one of the world’s largest executive search organisations and sits on the Diversity Committee of the Association of Executive Search Consultants.

Mr Noel Dowling (Nominee of Jack O’Connor-PH)  worked as a senior official with the ITGWU/SIPTU for over 30 years, becoming National Industrial Secretary for transport and natural resources in 1996. In 2005 he was appointed to establish and head up the first dedicated organising department within the trade union movement in Ireland. Mr Dowling served on the board of the European Transport Federation for many years and is currently a member of the EAT.(Employment Appeals Tribunal)

Mr Peter Mc Loone was General Secretary of the IMPACT Trade Union from 1995 until his retirement in July 2010. He was elected President of the Irish Congress of Trade Unions from 2005 to 2007. He was Chair of the ICTU Public Services Committee for 17 years. He served as a member of the Labour Relations Commission for 15 years until September 2015. He is currently a Board member of the Institute of International and European Affairs, the National College of Ireland, the Irish Society of Chartered Physiotherapists and the Irish Times Trust.

FINANCIAL EMERGENCY OVER!

Will ICTU Quietly Tolerate The Recertification of the Existence of A Financial Emergency  by Government Before JUNE 30 So That The Financial Emergency Powers in the Public Interest (FEMPI) can Continue?

Tom Geraghty: “The emergency is over and that was the legal justification for doing what they did,” he said, referring to the Financial Emergency Measures in the Public Interest (Fempi) legislation that was imposed to reduce pay.———-

But he said unions were “absolutely unanimous” there would be no deal that would reduce their retirement benefits.

—Tom Geraghty, Secretary Public Services Committee ICTU on Morning Ireland

Paddy Healy: Tolerating The Continuation of FEMPI  with it’s Cuts to Pay And Pensions and Denial of Trade Union FREEDOMS  for a Further Year Would be the Greatest Capitulation By Irish Trade Union Leaders in the History of the State!


MINISTER ADMITS THAT TAX CONCESSIONS WILL TAKE PRECEDENT OVER RESTORATION OF PAY AND PENSIONS

Paschal Donohoe delivers stark warning over the Government’s ability to meet public sector pay demands

Irish Examiner Friday, April 14, 2017 By Daniel McConnell Political Editor

Public Expenditure Minister Paschal Donohoe has delivered a stark warning over the Government’s ability to meet public sector pay demands in the forthcoming budget, saying talks with trade unions will be “very difficult”.

In a key intervention, Mr Donohoe delivered a major shot across the bows of the unions ahead of the commencement of talks on a new pay deal, which have to be concluded before October.

The timing of his comments is significant as he was speaking ahead of the teacher conferences next week where pay rises, especially for new entrants, are likely to dominate the agenda.

Mr Donohoe revealed that the Independent Public Sector Pay Commission, chaired by Kevin Duffy, will deliver its report next month, which would be ahead of schedule.

However, Mr Donohoe held nothing back in setting out how challenging it will be to deliver the pay deal, in light of competing demands on limited additional spending.

“The commission will have regard to the state of the national finances,” he said. “I expect the commission to report by May or even before then. In relation to the discussions themselves, they are going to be very difficult discussions and negotiations, as will all of the proceedings for next year.”

Mr Donohoe said because of commitments made in last year’s budget in relation to social welfare and tax cuts, the amount of additional money will be around €500m, far short of the €1.2bn available last year.

“For next year, commitments made by the Government to increased levels of social welfare and funding our tax reforms means the net amount of additional resources will be around €500m,” said Mr Donohoe. “That is a considerable amount of money but is against all the competing demands for additional spending on services. It is an amount of money that very careful choices will have to be made.”

He also committed the Government to remaining on a prudent spending path despite the increased demand for additional services.

“The commitment in respect of expenditure discipline and making sure that we meet our commitments will be particularly important in light of the difficult decisions that we will have to make in respect of budget 2018,” he said.

Mr Donohoe’s comments were seen last night as a clear attempt to contain expectations not only within the unions but also within the ranks of the Cabinet.

“This will be the single most challenging matter Paschal will have to deal with this year and managing expectations is his first goal and that what was behind his comments today,” a senior Fine Gael minister told the Irish Examiner.

However, Finance Minister Michael Noonan gave a slightly more optimistic assessment of the state of the public finances.

He said the amount of money available to increase spending and cut taxes in the budget should increase when new estimates are made in June.

He warned, however, that the amount of extra cash available won’t be dramatic.

Higher growth and strong tax revenues would allow for some upward revisions of the figure in the summer economic statement, Mr Noonan said.

“I would be hopeful we would revise it in an upward direction. It will probably be positive but it won’t be dramatic,” he said.

Mr Noonan added that any additional room for manoeuvre in the budget would be “modest”.

He said he did not expect a significant tax surplus at the end of the year, with revenues actually slightly behind in the first quarter.

Speaking to the Oireachtas Budget Oversight Committee, he said that discussions were under way on how cheap funding from the European Investment Bank could be used to help finance investment spending in areas such as the Dublin Metro, roads and social housing.

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Minister Seán Canney (Independent Alliance), Following Finian McGrath, Opposes Restoration of Public Service Pay Cuts

Mr Canney said giving in to calls to speed up the restoration of pre-crash pay rates is not an option-Irish Examiner

Canney and McGrath Join Fine Gael in Refusing to Tax the MASSIVE WINDFALL  WEALTH INCREASES of Irish  Super-Rich  in Recent Years to FUND PUBLIC SERVICES

‘Public sector pay is biggest challenge for Dáil’-Irish Examiner Saturday, December 31, 2016

Elaine Loughlin

Any attempts to restore public workers’ pay to pre-recession levels risks dragging the country “back to the bad old days”, a junior minister has warned.

OPW Minister Seán Canney said increasing calls for public sector pay rises are the biggest challenge facing the Government.

After an autumn dominated by gardaí, teachers and nurses pay-related strike threats and, speaking days after Taoiseach Enda Kenny confirmed public pension levels will be put under scrutiny as part of the public pay commission’s work early next year, Mr Canney said giving in to calls to speed up the restoration of pre-crash pay rates is not an option.

Supporting Fine Gael’s view on the matter, the Independent Alliance TD said Government must be “responsible” and not give in to demands.

“The single biggest challenge we have in the next term of the Dáil and going forward will be public sector pay, and that is going to be the biggest challenge for us as a Government.

“We don’t have that money and, as a Government, we have to be responsible, we cannot say that we will go and borrow that money.

“We cannot be going back to the bad old days.

“There is this pressure from people who, justifiably, are looking for payback for what they did for this country. But it has to be done in a measured way and it has to be done in a gradual way,” he said.

While the comment is likely to prove deeply unpopular among public service workers who are facing increased financial pressures due to rent, mortgage, car insurance, and tax demands, Mr Canney said the existing plan to restore salaries to pre-crash levels over the next four years should be “respected”.

Addressing the imminent nurses strike, plans by Siptu health workers to ballot for industrial action early next year and teachers’ union ASTI’s continued calls for immediate pay rises, he said workers should “come back in under that agreement” for the benefit of the country.

“If we have to find money to meet these demands we are going to have to find the money from existing budget.

“So while there is a clamour to do something in health, there is a clamour to do something in housing, there is a clamour to do something on flooding.

“If we have to pull money back in from those areas and if we have to say to people in disabilities that you cannot have your service plan because we don’t have enough money for it, that is where we are going to have tough decisions to make.

“It would put enormous pressure under us,” he said.

The comments came days after Mr Kenny said the public pay commission which is examining the issue, and is due to report by early summer, will also be tasked with reviewing public worker pension rates amid concerns they are proving too costly.

While the move appears to contradict a new HSE nurses recruitment drive which points to strong pension benefits among other explanations for why nurses should return to Ireland, it follows an independent Government-commissioned report last month which claimed the average Garda receives €100,000 a year when pension entitlements are included.

Renegotiation of the Lansdowne Road Agreement is not due to begin until September.

PAY POSTURING BY COMPLIANT PUBLIC SERVICE UNION LEADERS

“While Siptu’s Jack O’Connor has been issuing threats, figures such as Impact’s Shay Cody, Tom Geraghty of the Public Services Executive Union (PSEU) and Sheila Nunan of the Irish National Teachers’ Organisation (INTO) are regarded as “people you can deal with”.”-Government Source

IRISH TIMES 18/11:Among the Independent Ministers, Finian McGrath has surprised many with his determination to hold the line (on public service pay), while Shane Ross has surprised nobody with his decision to say little. Katherine Zappone has largely kept out of the dispute, too.

Yet the reality is that behind all the public posturing, discussions on the steps towards talks have been taking place between senior officials in the Department of Public Expenditure, such as secretary general Robert Watt, and members of the Irish Congress of Trade Unions (Ictu) public services committee.

While Siptu’s Jack O’Connor has been issuing threats, figures such as Impact’s Shay Cody, Tom Geraghty of the Public Services Executive Union (PSEU) and Sheila Nunan of the Irish National Teachers’ Organisation (INTO) are regarded as “people you can deal with”.

The Government also found another important ally, one who was more hardline than the Taoiseach himself.

Micheál Martin this week accused Fine Gael of being “soft” on the unions, a remarkable position for the leader of a party that used to count public sector workers among its strongest supporters, thanks to years of social partnership.

“The Government has to stand up for the taxpayer and everybody else,” the Fianna Fáil leader said. Party sources said Martin’s intervention was born out of a desire for a “bit of reason to prevail”.

IRELAND’S BIGGEST CRAFT UINON, TEEU, Calls for A Timetable for an End to FEMPI, an IMMEDIATE NEW AGREEMENT TO REPLACE LASDOWNE RD  WHICH Is”NOT FIT FOR PURPOSE”, AND FULL PAY RESTORATION IN PUBLIC SERVICE

Delegates at the TEEU conference (45,000 members in public and private sector) will debate a emergency motion from it’s national executive which states that the Lansdowne Road agreement “is no longer fit for purpose “ in the light of recent events.

“Therefore conference calls for the executive through the public sector committee of the Irish Congress of Trade Unions to seek an immediate engagement with Government to agree a time frame for the complete unwinding of the (financial emergency) Fempi legislation and the complete restoration of all the remuneration lost by TEEU members in the public service as a result of the Croke Park and Haddington Road agreements,” the motion states.


Jack O’Connor Siptu General President GIVES ULTIMATUM TO GOVERNMENT: AGREE TO BEGIN TALKS ON NEW AGREEMENT WITH PUBLIC SERVICE UNIONS BY THURSDAY NOV 17 Or SIPTU WILL AUTHORISE PUBLIC SECTOR GROUPS (among the 60,000 public servants who are members of SIPTU) TO CONDUCT BALLOTS ON INDUSTRIAL ACTION

Irish Times:

“He set a deadline of Thursday of next week for the Government to announce that such talks would go ahead.

He said if there was no such announcement, Siptu’s national executive would authorise any group covered by the Lansdowne Road agreement to ballot for industrial action or strike action if they wished to do .

Siptu president Jack O’Connor said he wanted the Government to actually  convene new talks by the beginning of February.

Mr O’Connor said: “We utterly reject the assertion that there is no money and that it is a choice between pay increases and services for the public.

“This is an absolutely false dichotomy. The fact of the matter is that the Government made choices in the budget. For example, it decided to continue to gift business in the hotel and hospitality sector with special VAT concessions costing more than €600 million per annum at the tax-payers expense. They chose to do so despite the fact that the industry has fully recovered.

Mr O’Connor said the Government was also prepared “ to splurge a further €46 million on gifting for the wealthy through cutting capital taxes”.

-Irish Times

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Seamus Healy TD Question Taoiseach On Lock-Out of Teachers in Dáil at Leaders Questions

Record of Dáil altered to Hide Kenny’s Blunder ADMITTING FALSE BASIS OF Government Justification For Lockout

Irish Times

“Independent TD Séamus Healy accused the Government of locking out teachers and 250,000 students.“The Taoiseach should leave William Martin Murphy, the infamous Dublin employer who locked out workers in 1913, in his grave,’’ he added.”—–

“Tipperary Independent Séamus Healy was up in arms on behalf of the protesting teachers.

“Clearly this is not a question of money,” he told the Taoiseach. “It is an attempt to coerce and bully a union into a new agreement and Mussolini, Franco and their Irish Blueshirt ally, General O’Duffy, would be proud of you and your Government today!”

Irish Independent

Independent TD Seamus Healy accused the Government of “locking out” teachers.

He said: “You are using students as pawns in order to bully the ASTI into an agreement.”

Alteration of Dáil Record can be verified by listening to video soundtrack on Youtube  here: https://youtu.be/P6qIzZav-_g

Official Dáil Record

Deputy Seamus Healy: The Taoiseach, the Minister for Education and Skills and the Government have broken their agreement with the Association of Secondary Teachers of Ireland.

Deputy Seamus Healy: They have locked out teachers and locked out 250,000 students. There is only one industrial relations agreement between the Department of Education and Skills and the ASTI and that is the Haddington Road agreement, freely entered into by the Department of Education and teachers. Except where that agreement explicitly states otherwise, the agreement expired last 30 June. Crucially, a key area where the agreement extends into the future is that of supervision and substitution and how these are to be paid for. The agreement states that:

A gross additional payment equivalent to the 2011 lower payment rate paid for supervision and substitution will be included in the common basic scale for teachers. This will be included in two moieties with half included in the school year 2016/17 and the second half included in the school year 2017/18.

Teachers turned up for work to teach but the Taoiseach and his Minister broke their agreement by refusing to pay for substitution and supervision. They closed schools, locked out teachers and locked out students rather than honouring an agreement that they freely entered into. They are prepared to pay parents, citizens and members of another union in the same school but they are not prepared to honour the agreement they freely made with the ASTI.

Clearly this is not a question of money. It is an attempt to coerce and bully a union into a new agreement and Mussolini, Franco and their Irish blueshirt ally, General O’Duffy, would be proud of the Taoiseach and his Government today. His claim that the ASTI has unilaterally withdrawn from Croke Park hours is completely false. The Haddington Road agreement makes no provision for the maintenance of these hours beyond 30 June and, as the Taoiseach well knows, the majority of teachers do additional hours far in excess of Croke Park on an ongoing basis to support and develop students in music, arts, drama, sports, transitional year projects, etc. In any event the Croke Park hours have not been worked for months and this has not necessitated the closure of schools.

The Taoiseach and his Government are breaking the Haddington Road agreement. They are locking out teachers and using students as pawns to bully the ASTI into an agreement. Will the Taoiseach stop breaking the Haddington Road agreement, pay for supervision and substitution and allow our students and children back to school? Will he and his Government stop locking out teachers and holding students as hostages to force a trade union into an agreement to which it is not party and which union members have rejected? The Taoiseach should leave William Martin Murphy, the infamous Dublin employer who locked out workers in 1913, in his grave. He can stop the lock-out today to allow teachers and students back to work and he should allow the right to free trade unions in this country.

Deputy Micheál Martin: Deputy Finian McGrath is looking uneasy.

The Taoiseach: The Deputy is going well when he can bring William Martin Murphy and General O’Duffy into the dispute. Deputy Healy is a good student of history and must have done his homework well.

Deputy Micheál Martin: Does the Taoiseach endorse what he said?

The Taoiseach: He is wrong, however, when he says the Minister and the Department have locked students and teachers out of schools. Boards of management are responsible for the opening of schools and for seeing that there is proper supervision in hallways, schoolyards and classrooms.

Deputy Seamus Healy: Pass the buck.

The Taoiseach: The Minister has not closed down schools. The issue of supervision and substitution has arisen because the ASTI unilaterally withdrew from the collective agreement to work one hour extra per week.

Deputy Seamus Healy: Wrong again.

Deputy Richard Boyd Barrett: That is not true.

The Taoiseach: That one hour was for parent-teacher meetings to be held during school hours to accommodate everybody. The pay of teachers in the INTO and the TUI includes a component of over €1,500 per year for supervision and substitution, as part of a negotiated deal through the system of collective agreements.

That amount was and is available to the ASTI and would have been paid to its members but for the fact that they withdrew from that part of the agreement. I am sure Deputy Seamus Healy will agree that students should be able to go to school in what is a very important semester and that teachers should be available to teach them. The problem is not one which has been caused by the Minister, but he will what he can to assist in bringing about a solution because we all want to see schools open, teachers teaching their students and students having the opportunity to learn and do their work, particularly those who will be doing their junior and leaving certificate examinations in June next year. The leaving certificate examinations will not be long in coming around again and students will need all of the time they can get for projects and doing other work with their teachers during class hours. This is an element which is causing serious difficulty because people do not know when schools will be open again. The fact that principals were denied the opportunity to get involved in making arrangements in this regard has not helped. Money is on the table for substitution and supervision payments, one of four issues on which the ASTI is in dispute with the Department and which could be resolved.

Deputy Ruth Coppinger: What about equal pay?

The Taoiseach: I trust that the bilateral discussions that are ongoing will bring about a speedy resolution of this dispute and that we can then move on to—–

Deputy Ruth Coppinger: The strike is about equal pay.

(Interruptions).

Deputy Seamus Healy: It is clear to anybody with an independent view that the Taoiseach, the Government and the Department of Education and Skills have locked out teachers and students. The Taoiseach’s claim that the ASTI unilaterally withdrew from the Croke Park agreement on working hours is completely false, demonstrably so. He has claimed in the past few days that there is no money available to pay teachers. That is also false. In the last two budgets the Minister for Finance gave back €172 million to the wealthiest 5% in the country, €120 million of which was provided in budget 2016 and €52 million in budget 2017. We know from the Central Bank’s report that the wealthiest 10% in the country own assets worth over €100 billion, an increase of €35 billion on peak boom levels, and that they do not pay one cent in tax on that money. I am asking the Minister and the Taoiseach to ensure moneys will be made available. The super rich have oodles of money which, if there was the political will to do so, could be taxed at even a small rate. A 1% wealth tax on the super rich would help to pay for a huge amount of work to be done. Will the Taoiseach at least reverse the payment of the €172 million to the super rich in the last two budgets and make the money available for schools, pay and pensions restoration?

The Taoiseach: Returning to the question the Deputy asked originally about the industrial dispute arising from the withdrawal from supervision and substitution duties, money is on the table to deal with the issue.

Deputy Seamus Healy: Pay it.

The Taoiseach: In respect of the deal negotiated under previous pay agreements, there is a component of €1,500 per annum for teachers who involve themselves in supervision and substitution duties.

Deputy Seamus Healy: Pay it and schools could open in the morning.

The Taoiseach: The Deputy knows that.

Deputy Seamus Healy: I know that teachers have been locked out and that the Taoiseach could stop the strike this afternoon if he wished to do so.

An Ceann Comhairle: Will the Deputy, please, let the Taoiseach respond?

The Taoiseach: If the Deputy expects a board of management—–

An Ceann Comhairle: If the Taoiseach did not engage directly with Deputy Seamus Healy, we could get through the answer.

The Taoiseach: I will engage with you.

Deputy Michael Healy-Rae: There is only one boss.

The Taoiseach: If Deputy Seamus Healy expects a board of management to open a school without providing for adequate supervision of students or staff, it will not do so because of health and safety regulations.

Deputy Ruth Coppinger: Many of them managed to do so.

The Taoiseach: This is a matter that can be resolved. As I said, money is on the table to pay teachers now.

Deputy Seamus Healy: Pay it.

The Taoiseach: The dispute resulted directly from the ASTI withdrawing from working an extra hour. Money for supervision and substitution payments is available. (Paddy Healy:  What The Taoiseach actually said, as can be verified from the video, Was ”That dispute (S&S) arose directly from Asti withdrawing from working the extra hour for which Supervision and Substitution is paid” The above is not in accordance with what the Taoiseach actually said)

Deputy Seamus Healy: That is untrue, demonstrably so.

Deputy Ruth Coppinger: It is not about supervision or extra hours.

The Taoiseach: I trust that the bilateral discussions which are under way and about which Deputy Healy knows will bring about a speedy conclusion to this particular industrial dispute between the ASTI and the Department.

Deputy Ruth Coppinger: The Taoiseach should not be allowed to tell lies. The extra hours are not supervision.

An Ceann Comhairle: Resume your seat, Deputy Coppinger.

Deputy Ruth Coppinger: It is correcting the record. The extra hours have nothing to do with supervision.

An Ceann Comhairle: Please resume your seat.

UNITE THE UNION SEEKS EXTRAORDINARY GENERAL MEETING OF ICTU WITH A VIEW TO RENEGOTIATING  LANSDOWNE RD AGREEMENT IN WAKE OF OFFER TO GARDAI

From The Journal.ie

“TRADE UNION UNITE is seeking an extraordinary general meeting of the Irish Congress of Trade Unions following the decision made by the Labour Court in relation to gardaí.

Unite’s Richie Browne has said that a renegotiation of the Lansdowne Road Agreement is needed in light of the new garda deal on pay.

“Today, it is clear that the Lansdowne Road Agreement is not delivering for workers and must be replaced with a new agreement which fully reflects our economic recovery,” Browne said, adding that Unite has written to Tom Geraghty, secretary of the ICTU Public Services Committee–”

 MINISTER FINIAN MCGRATH HAS TURNED HIS COAT! Here is what Deputy Finian McGrath said to Education Minister Jan O’Sullivan when in Opposition

Dail Record Wednesday, 9 December 2015
Deputy Finian McGrath: I hope negotiations lead to ending this inequality and injustice. The former president of the INTO, Anne Fay, told a rally of thousands of teachers in 2012 that the Government could not defend separate salary scales for teachers doing the same work. She also said that the Government decided to introduce discriminatory and inequitable pay scales for new teachers, and that the teachers’ unions opposed that decision and will overturn it no matter how long it takes. She described the pay cuts for new teachers as an affront to the core trade union principle of equal pay for equal work. It is very important that we get on and deal with this issue. I urge the Minister to revisit it and phase out the cuts over time

BUT THAT WAS THEN AND THIS IS NOW! THis Government in which Finian McGrath is attending cabinet meetings is THREATENING TO LOCK-OUT TEACHERS

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GOVERNMENT TO LOCK OUT TEACHERS AND PUPILS

 “LEFT”MINISTERS FINIAN MCGRATH, JOHN HALLIGAN SUPPORT THIS!

WILLIAM MARTIN MURPHY YOU ARE LIVING STILL!!!

TEACHERS’ STRIKE

WHILE OTHER ICTU UNIONS INCLUDING TUI ARE AT BEST SILENT and MINISTER BRUTON REFUSES 5 TIMES TO COMMIT TO FULL PAY EQUALISATION FOR NEW ENTRANTS ON RTE..

UNITE THE UNION EXPRESSES SOLIDARITY WITH ASTI-STATEMENT BY JIMMY KELLY, IRISH GENERAL SECRETARY, UNITE THE UNION

full statement

Unions must avoid facilitating Government attempts to divide public sector workers

Unite expresses solidarity with ASTI members ahead of Thursday’s strike action

Unions must unite to demand accelerated unwinding of FEMPI

Trade union Unite today (Tuesday October 25th) warned that the trade union movement as a whole would pay the price if attempts to divide public sector workers ahead of Thursday’s scheduled ASTI strike are successful.  Expressing solidarity with teachers taking industrial action to restore equality of treatment between newly-qualified teachers and those with longer service, Regional Secretary Jimmy Kelly said:

“The trade union movement is built on solidarity between individual members, and between unions.  That is what makes us strong, and that is why successive Governments have sought to drive a wedge between, in particular, different groups of public sector workers.

“The ASTI dispute highlights the inequality at the heart of the FEMPI legislation and the associated agreements.  Not only are new entrants in various parts of the public sector discriminated against – members of non-compliant unions are also discriminated against.

“Rather than facilitating Government attempts to divide public sector workers, unions must unite in demanding an accelerated unwinding of FEMPI.  At the same time, all unions must be free to negotiate collectively on behalf of their members

”Our movement as a whole will pay the price for division”, Jimmy Kelly warned.

ENDS

For further information contact Jimmy Kelly, Tel. 087-9003217, or Alex Klemm (press office)

Joanne Irwin, President TUI on RTE/News website NOW
“We are not on strike. This is a strike by our ASTI colleagues so because we’re not on strike our members will be getting paid on Thursday. We are available for work and will go to work if the schools are open.”

-Shameful!-Paddy Healy Former President TUI

TUI leaders have agreed that teachers be required to sign a second “yellow” document. They must tell the employer in writing before Thursday whether they are available for work ie whether they would pass an ASTI picket.

IF Department Of Education has problems with Data Protection, it is not the function of TUI to assist it in punishing ASTI members under FEMPI anti-trade union law and deducting ASTI members and Supporting TUI Members for strike days.

THE effect of the agreement between TUI and Department of Education on the requirement to sign a second document is to enable Department to deduct TUI MEMBERS WHO WISH TO SUPPORT ASTI COLLEAGUES AND STRIKING ASTI MEMBERS.

Already TUI have colluded with FEMPI by instructing their members to sign a form saying they are members of TUI. This facilitated the government in singling out ASTI members for punishment under FEMPI-In 1913 Impoverished workers refused to sign “yellow” documents

Why are individual TUI Members being put in position of signing a second document? If school is closed the legal position is that those on behalf of whom  strike notice has not been served  must be paid.

The first yellow document enabled  Department of Education to Single out ASTI members for punishment under the anti-trade union FEMPI Law The only function of signing the new “yellow” document is to enable Department of Education to deduct  pay from ASTI members.

The Department of EDUCATION Knows

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PUNISHING TEACHERS FOR JOIING ASTI  Is a Breach of European Convention on Human Rights and ILO Convention on FREEDOM OF ASSOCIATION

Ireland is A Party to These Conventions

In a mixed union school a ewly appointed teacher wishes to join a trade union. Teacher wishes to join ASTI rather than TUI

Teacher becomes aware that if s/he joins ASTI, increments will be frozen under FEMPI Acts but not if s/he joins TUI

Article 11 of the European Convention on Human Rights On Freedom of Association states: “No restrictions shall be placed on the exercise of these rights other than such as are prescribed by law AND necessary in a democratic society in the interests of national security or public safety, for the prevention of disorder or crime, for the protection of health or morals or for the protection of the rights and freedoms of others.”

A material penalty is being imposed on the teacher for exercising the freedom to associate with those in the school who are members of ASTI. The penalty referred to hear IS NOT THE DENIAL OF THE BENEFITS OF THE LANSDOWNE RD AGREEMENT TO THE TEACHER.

IT IS THE IMPOSITION OF A PENALTY  SUCH AS THE FREEZING OF INCREMENTS UNDER THE FINANCIAL EMERGENCY MEASURES IN THE PUBLIC INTEREST ACTS (2013,2015)

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BRUTON THREATENS LOCK-OUT OF TEACHERS!

Support ASTI Teachers, GRA Gardai, and AGSI Sergeants and Inspectors

They are not in Breach of Lansdowne RD Agreement. They are not a party to it!

For Full Restoration of Pay, allowances, working hours and conditions of employment generally!!!

ASTI Teachers have no obligation to continue UNPAID Supervision and Substitution Duties beyond the end of the Haddington RD  Agreement on July 1

FEMPI IMPOSED Penalties such as an increment freeze on members of unions who refuse to voluntarily enter an an industrial relations agreement with the employer is a breach of the right to free Trade Unions.

Penalising a new teacher who joins ASTI rather than TUI in a mixed Union School by freezing increments and refusing to pay for supervision and substitution is a breach of the International Labour Organisation(ILO) Convention and The European Convention on Human Rights (EHCR) on the right to Freedom of Association .

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Members of TUI had little Choice But To sign the yellow document after Officers of TUI Capitulated by advising them to do so and refusing to protect any teacher who didn’t sign the document

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TUI MUST NOT ALLOW ITSELF TO BE USED BY GOVERNMENT TO BREAK ASTI DISPUTE

TUI EXECUTIVE MUST INSTRUCT MEMBERS NOT TO SIGN THE YELLOW DOCUMENT!  NO STRIKE-BREAKING!!

TUI MUST INSIST THAT All MONIES DUE TO MEMBERS UNDER LANSDOWNE RD  BE PAID UNCODITIONALLY AND IMMEDIATELY-There is no requirement that members apply individually for benefits in the TUI-Depatment of Education Agreement. The Department is breaching that Agreement by requiring TUI members to apply individually as a condition for payment imposed solely by the employer.

THE ONLY FUNCTION OF THE INDIVIDUAL APPLICATION IS TO SINGLE OUT ASTI MEMBERS FOR PUNISHMENT UNDER FEMPI ANTI-TRADE UNION LAW-NO COLLABORATION WITH ANTI-UNION LAWS!The Department of Education is requiring this only in schools where there are members of TUI and ASTI. This is because the Department cannot use Deduction at Source lists to identify ASTI members  because of Data Protection Law

In 1913 William Martin Murphy required employees of his tramway company to sign a “yellow document” –I am no longer a member of Larkin’s Union.  If they had done this ITGWU members would have been selectively sacked. They all refused to do it. Murphy responded with a total lock-out

In 2016, Department of Education is seeking that TUI members outside core vocational schools individually sign a document stating that they are members of TUI and therefore are entitled to pay increases under Lansdowne RD and are not due to be penalised under FEMPI. This will enable the Department to use FEMPI ANTI UNION LAW (So Described ON OFFICIAL TUI Banners at Leinster House Protest) to selectively punish ASTI members under FEMPI.

Also new entrants and non-union members can join TUI to avoid penalties

TUI and ASTI have an agreement under which transfers of membership are not allowed when either union is in dispute. This is being honoured by TUI

BUT this is not enough in the circumstances where the anti-trade union law FEMPI is on the statute book

There must be a moratorium on all recruitment to unions at second level until the ASTI dispute is over. OTHERWISE TEACHER SOLIDARITY WILL BE SET BACK FOR DECADES!

Above all, all TUI members must be instructed not to write the yellow letter to the Department.

Did TUI members have to write ltters individually to the Department of education to claim any of the benefits of previous agreements? NO!

The only function of the required letter is to allow the Department of Education to single out ASTI members for punishment in schools where members of both unions exist.

Department Circular is included here;     http://www.asti.ie/news/latest-news/news-article/article/circular-on-application-of-fempi-for-asti-members/

SEE ALSO ON THIS BLOG:  ICTU LED BY SIPTU/ IMPACT IS UNDERMINING THE RIGHT TO FREE TRADE UNIONS BY COLLUDING WITH THE FINANCIAL EMERGENCY MEASURES IN THE PUBLIC INTEREST ACTS FEMPI (2013, 2015)
Full Discussion http://wp.me/pKzXa-gw  How ICTU Failed US!


Extract from Dail Exchanges on Continuation of FEMPI

Full Dáil Record

http://oireachtasdebates.oireachtas.ie/debates%20authoring/debateswebpack.nsf/takes/dail2016063000009?opendocument#G00500

 Deputy Seamus Healy(IND):   A Cheann Comhairle—–

An Ceann Comhairle:   Very briefly, I will take you—–

Deputy Seamus Healy(IND):   Surely the Minister is not telling us that the Government will extend this emergency legislation – this draconian, anti-trade union legislation – that introduced swingeing cuts to pay, pensions and conditions of employment of public servants without a debate in this House. I thought we were supposed to have new politics in this Chamber. This is old politics. This is the Government bulldozing through legislation without any opportunity to discuss or vote on it.

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Dail sitting suspended for 5 minutes by Ceann Chomhairle after heated Exchanges

AFTER RESUMPTION

Deputy Seamus Healy(IND):   To clarify, is the Ceann Comhairle telling us that the Government is prepared to defer the renewal of this legislation until after the debate in the House?

An Ceann Comhairle:   I am not telling you that at all.

Deputy Seamus Healy(IND):   Then what are you telling us? A debate in a week’s time or a fortnight’s time is of very little value if the legislation is already extended, if young teachers, gardaí and nurses cannot even pay for their rental accommodation—–

An Ceann Comhairle:   You have made your point.

Deputy Seamus Healy(IND):   —–and if we still have a two-tier pay structure in those professions.

Howlin RUBBISHES HEAVY IOT WORKLOADS IN SEANAD TO JUSTIFY DRACONIAN ANTI-TRADE UNION PROVISIONS OF FEMPI

Full Seanad Debate on FEMPI Yesterday   http://oireachtasdebates.oireachtas.ie/debates%20authoring/debateswebpack.nsf/takes/seanad2015112400002?opendocument#CC00100

From Chair, Dublin Branch TUI RMA   086-4183732

EXTRACT FROM SEANAD DEBATE

Senator Fidelma Healy Eames:

In text below ; . If someone is teaching 20 hours a week with an average of four hours preparation per lecturing hour, they are incredible hours and are twice the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development, OECD, average. Does the Minister want quality teaching and outcomes or to have the lecturers running around like headless chickens? The Minister should not damage the profession. That is what is happening. I am passionate about this because I know the price the country will pay if we do not keep our standards high.

If it is over, the Minister should not hurt some over others. As we have all agreed, and the Minister agreed in the Dáil, a pension is a property right and the right to property is the second highest right in this land, after the right to life. How is this fair? The Minister should please assure our colleagues that their pension rights will be restored and give the date for that.

The overwhelming vote of members in the Teachers Union of Ireland, for example, not to accept the Lansdowne Road agreement is due in large measure to the fact that the agreement is utterly oblivious of teachers working casual hours. It is the worst job in the country. The Minister should listen to what I say. These people have had to spend up to six years training to be teachers, four years to get a basic degree and two years for a higher diploma, H. Dip. If some of those poor devils have only two classes a day that makes up ten or 12 hours a week, they cannot bank those and draw down social welfare for two or three days because the work carries across five days. Now, according to the Oireachtas Library and Research Service notes on this, if they earn up to €24,000 in casual pay, they will not qualify for any of these restoration measures. Is that true? If it is, the Minister is giving them the greatest kick in the tail. Approximately half of second level teachers under the age of 35 are in the unacceptable situation of being in part-time and or temporary employment. The Lansdowne Road agreement does not address this problem.

Lecturers in institutes of technology are on 18 to 20 hours a week. I was a lecturer in a teacher training college. We had a very high number of lecturing hours too but a good lecturer does three things: lecturing, which includes teaching and assessment; research; and connecting with the community, the town and the gown. If someone is teaching 20 hours a week with an average of four hours preparation per lecturing hour, they are incredible hours and are twice the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development, OECD, average. Does the Minister want quality teaching and outcomes or to have the lecturers running around like headless chickens? The Minister should not damage the profession. That is what is happening. I am passionate about this because I know the price the country will pay if we do not keep our standards high. I would like to hear the Minister’s response and on Committee Stage, we will have an opportunity to tease this out further. I want the Minister to answer Senator Craughwell’s question on whether the Whip will be applied to this Bill.

From Chair, Dublin Branch TUI RMA   086-4183732    Give him his Answer  TO_Morrow AT The Gates of the Institutes!

Staff in clerical management in the health services are working an extra two hours per week. Teachers are working an extra three hours per week. Academics are working an extra 78 hours per year while staff in local government are working an extra two hours per week. In the context of picking out one group that one feels is hard done by, one would not pick out the people who are doing an extra 30 hours per year when others are asked to do an extra two and a quarter hours per week. We needed people to step up to the plate in respect of the emergency.–Minister Howlin

Minister Howlin on Seanad Record

” Deputy Brendan Howlin: Information on Brendan Howlin Zoom on Brendan Howlin I mentioned the point made by Senator Sheahan. Senator Norris spoke about Members of the Oireachtas. I have not excluded them from the benefits of this. I have not excluded any group from the benefits of this for a very good reason. Again, I want to be clear about this. This is emergency legislation because cutting pay is a very unusual thing to do and can only be done in very clear circumstances when there is a national imperative to do so. I previously outlined the criteria for it based on the legal advice we have. One criterion is that the emergency must exist. The question of whether it still exists is a fair one. It still exists but the position is improving and we can unwind it gradually as things progress is made. Second, do the measures have uniform application? In other words, are they arbitrary in respect of any group? I cannot pick any group and say that I am going to exclude one category of public servants because I think they do not work hard enough or because it might be popular, for example, to exclude politicians. That is not possible. One cannot discriminate in this way in this type of legislation. The third issue is that there must be a contribution from the generality of the legislation that makes a contribution to the State. I can tell the House that €2.2 billion fits that bill. We need that money.

I will move on to the issue of additional hours and gardaí, an issue that was also raised by Senator Craughwell. It is important to put these things on the record of the House. Gardaí have agreed and have worked an extra three days per year. That is 30 hours a year. Civil servants are working an extra two and a quarter hours per week. Nurses, doctors and support staff in health are working an extra one and a half hours per week. Staff in the HSE are working an extra two hours per week. Staff in clerical management in the health services are working an extra two hours per week. Teachers are working an extra three hours per week. Academics are working an extra 78 hours per year while staff in local government are working an extra two hours per week. In the context of picking out one group that one feels is hard done by, one would not pick out the people who are doing an extra 30 hours per year when others are asked to do an extra two and a quarter hours per week. We needed people to step up to the plate in respect of the emergency. We will unwind this legislation but this will have to be done on a collective basis. It cannot involve one group saying that it alone will not participate in the agreement. Everybody is entitled to do that but they cannot say that they are demanding all the benefits of the agreement but they are not prepared to abide by the difficult aspects it contains. That is not possible. Why should a clerical officer working in a Garda station work extra hours if the person beside them says they will not do so but that they still want the benefits of pay restoration? We negotiate and agree these things. That is the way the system works and it does not work on the basis of people saying “I have rejected it and, therefore, I can have the benefits but not the responsibilities or the burdensome bits of it.” I will move a bit faster. I am probably too long-winded.   Senator Kathryn Reilly supports the Bill, which is welcome. She referred to the position of low and middle income earners under the LRA which was exclusively about low and middle income earners’ pay. A public servant on €25,000 who is not highly paid will benefit under the Bill to the tune of 7.5%. He or she will get €1,875 back. A public servant on €175,000 – I am not sure what public servant that is – will get back 0.6% or €1,000. It is, therefore, geared towards the

Howlin

Staff in clerical management in the health services are working an extra two hours per week. Teachers are working an extra three hours per week. Academics are working an extra 78 hours per year while staff in local government are working an extra two hours per week. In the context of picking out one group that one feels is hard done by, one would not pick out the people who are doing an extra 30 hours per year when others are asked to do an extra two and a quarter hours per week. We needed people to step up to the plate in respect of the emergency.–Minister Howlin

Minister Howlin on Seanad Record

” Deputy Brendan Howlin: Information on Brendan Howlin Zoom on Brendan Howlin I mentioned the point made by Senator Sheahan. Senator Norris spoke about Members of the Oireachtas. I have not excluded them from the benefits of this. I have not excluded any group from the benefits of this for a very good reason. Again, I want to be clear about this. This is emergency legislation because cutting pay is a very unusual thing to do and can only be done in very clear circumstances when there is a national imperative to do so. I previously outlined the criteria for it based on the legal advice we have. One criterion is that the emergency must exist. The question of whether it still exists is a fair one. It still exists but the position is improving and we can unwind it gradually as things progress is made. Second, do the measures have uniform application? In other words, are they arbitrary in respect of any group? I cannot pick any group and say that I am going to exclude one category of public servants because I think they do not work hard enough or because it might be popular, for example, to exclude politicians. That is not possible. One cannot discriminate in this way in this type of legislation. The third issue is that there must be a contribution from the generality of the legislation that makes a contribution to the State. I can tell the House that €2.2 billion fits that bill. We need that money.

I will move on to the issue of additional hours and gardaí, an issue that was also raised by Senator Craughwell. It is important to put these things on the record of the House. Gardaí have agreed and have worked an extra three days per year. That is 30 hours a year. Civil servants are working an extra two and a quarter hours per week. Nurses, doctors and support staff in health are working an extra one and a half hours per week. Staff in the HSE are working an extra two hours per week. Staff in clerical management in the health services are working an extra two hours per week. Teachers are working an extra three hours per week. Academics are working an extra 78 hours per year while staff in local government are working an extra two hours per week. In the context of picking out one group that one feels is hard done by, one would not pick out the people who are doing an extra 30 hours per year when others are asked to do an extra two and a quarter hours per week. We needed people to step up to the plate in respect of the emergency. We will unwind this legislation but this will have to be done on a collective basis. It cannot involve one group saying that it alone will not participate in the agreement. Everybody is entitled to do that but they cannot say that they are demanding all the benefits of the agreement but they are not prepared to abide by the difficult aspects it contains. That is not possible. Why should a clerical officer working in a Garda station work extra hours if the person beside them says they will not do so but that they still want the benefits of pay restoration? We negotiate and agree these things. That is the way the system works and it does not work on the basis of people saying “I have rejected it and, therefore, I can have the benefits but not the responsibilities or the burdensome bits of it.” I will move a bit faster. I am probably too long-winded.   Senator Kathryn Reilly supports the Bill, which is welcome. She referred to the position of low and middle income earners under the LRA which was exclusively about low and middle income earners’ pay. A public servant on €25,000 who is not highly paid will benefit under the Bill to the tune of 7.5%. He or she will get €1,875 back. A public servant on €175,000 – I am not sure what public servant that is – will get back 0.6% or €1,000. It is, therefore, geared towards the lowest paid.

FEMPI  2015 Gives HUGE Pay RISES TO VERY HIGH EARNERS

PENSIONER BELOW 12,000 Euro GETS NOTHING

IS THE “CONTRIBUTION” OF PENSIONERS TO RESOLVING THE FINANCIAL CRISIS “PROPORTIONAL”?

 2012  Serving  Public Servant   

Taoiseach          Tanaiste           Minister        M of State                TD

200,000             184,405            169,275             130,042           92,942

Post FEMPI 2013

€185,350          €171,309.           157,540                121,639         87,528

Restorations  FEMPI 2015

14,650                   13,096               11 ,735                  8,403              5,414

1,000                      1,000                  1,000                   1,000            1,000

Total Restoration 2015

   15,650                   14,096                 12,735                      9,403           6,414          

Salary Post FEMPI 2015

201,000                185,405               170,275                     131,042         93,942

% of 2012 Salary

100.5%                100.54%                100.59%                100.76%        101.07%

The maximum restoration a pensioner can get under the Bill is 1680 E per year.   None of the above have private property in the exchequer except the pensioner

Association Of Garda Seargents and Inspectors  To Stop Working Free Hours- Attack Labour HOWLIN’S Anti-Trade Union Bill-FEMPI 2015

From Irish Examiner  25/11/2015

“The association expressed “deep disappointment” at the Government’s proposal to an incremental pay freeze as part of the Financial Measures in the Public Interest Bill 2015.

Deputy general secretary John Jacob said: “The AGSI national executive is very disappointed that despite implementing all of the terms of the Haddington Road Agreement, our members now face an incremental pay freeze from July 2016.”

He said: “The Haddington Road Agreement placed certain obligations on our members including working an additional 30 hours unpaid overtime which we complied with willingly, among other terms.

“However, despite Government’s commitment to a review — a specific term under the Haddington Road Agreement, which was due to be concluded by June 2014 — we are a long way from it being finalised.”

Mr Jacob said that the Government had failed to recognise the full commitment of AGSI members to Haddington Road.

“We suffered pay cuts, worked 30 hours for free, and engaged fully in that agreement to help the Government turn the economy around during the worst financial crisis this country has witnessed.

“Despite this we are threatened with an incremental pay freeze at a time when we should be working together to improve morale within the force — morale which is extremely low and which has been recognised as such by our commissioner”

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IN Dáil, Sinn Fein voted for FEMPI  ANTI-TRADE UNION BILL!

Official TUI, ASTI  Banners outside the Dail said: FEMPI BILL-ANTI-Trade UNION, Anti -Worker, Anti-Democratic

EVEN Shane Ross  voted against the Bill

But Sinn Féin joined FG, Lab, FF, Social Democrats in voting for the Bill!

Dáil Record              FEMPI BILL 2015

Question put:

The Dáil divided: Tá, 109; Níl, 16.

Tá                                                                                          Níl

Adams, Gerry.                                                                Boyd Barrett, Richard.

Aylward, Bobby.                                                           Broughan, Thomas P.

Barry, Tom.                                                                     Collins, Joan.

Breen, Pat.                                                                     Coppinger, Ruth.

Bruton, Richard.                                                          Daly, Clare.

Burton, Joan.                                                               Fitzmaurice, Michael.

Buttimer, Jerry.                                                          Fleming, Tom.

Byrne, Catherine.                                                       Halligan, John.

Byrne, Eric.                                                                     Healy, Seamus.

Calleary, Dara.                                                             Higgins, Joe.

Cannon, Ciarán.                                                         Mathews, Peter.

Carey, Joe.                                                                   McGrath, Finian.

Coffey, Paudie.                                                          O’Sullivan, Maureen.

Collins, Áine.                                                               Pringle, Thomas.

Collins, Niall.                                                           Ross, Shane.

Colreavy, Michael.                                               Wallace, Mick.

Conaghan, Michael.

Conlan, Seán.

Connaughton, Paul J.

Conway, Ciara.

Coonan, Noel.

Corcoran Kennedy, Marcella.

Costello, Joe.

Cowen, Barry.

Creed, Michael.

Daly, Jim.

Deasy, John.

Deering, Pat.

Doherty, Pearse.

Doherty, Regina.

Donohoe, Paschal.

Dowds, Robert.

Doyle, Andrew.

Durkan, Bernard J.

Farrell, Alan.

Feighan, Frank.

Ferris, Martin.

Fleming, Sean.

Grealish, Noel.

Griffin, Brendan.

Harrington, Noel.

Harris, Simon.

Hayes, Tom.

Healy-Rae, Michael.

Heydon, Martin.

Howlin, Brendan.

Humphreys, Heather.

Humphreys, Kevin.

Keating, Derek.

Kehoe, Paul.

Kelleher, Billy.

Kelly, Alan.

Kenny, Enda.

Kenny, Seán.

Kirk, Seamus.

Kitt, Michael P.

Kyne, Seán.

Lawlor, Anthony.

Lynch, Ciarán.

Lyons, John.

Mac Lochlainn, Pádraig.

McCarthy, Michael.

McConalogue, Charlie.

McDonald, Mary Lou.

McEntee, Helen.

McFadden, Gabrielle.

McGinley, Dinny.

McGrath, Michael.

McLellan, Sandra.

McLoughlin, Tony.

McNamara, Michael.

Mulherin, Michelle.

Murphy, Catherine.

Murphy, Eoghan.

Nash, Gerald.

Naughten, Denis.

Neville, Dan.

Nolan, Derek.

Noonan, Michael.

Ó Caoláin, Caoimhghín.

Ó Cuív, Éamon.

Ó Fearghaíl, Seán.

Ó Ríordáin, Aodhán.

Ó Snodaigh, Aengus.

O’Brien, Jonathan.

O’Dea, Willie.

O’Donnell, Kieran.

O’Donovan, Patrick.

O’Dowd, Fergus.

O’Mahony, John.

O’Reilly, Joe.

O’Sullivan, Jan.

Perry, John.

Phelan, Ann.

Phelan, John Paul.

Rabbitte, Pat.

Reilly, James.

Ring, Michael.

Ryan, Brendan.

Sherlock, Sean.

Shortall, Róisín.

Smith, Brendan.

Spring, Arthur.

Stagg, Emmet.

Stanley, Brian.

Tóibín, Peadar.

Tuffy, Joanna.

Twomey, Liam.

Wall, Jack.

Tellers: Tá, Deputies Paul Kehoe and Emmet Stagg; Níl, Deputies Seamus Healy and Clare Daly.

Question declared carried.

41 Deputies, including the 3 Renua deputies, did not vote

TUI Calls Official Protest Against FEMPI BILL  WED NEXT 4-5.30 Leinster House Main Gate, Kildare St

TUI LETTER TO All DAIL DEPUTIES CALLS FOR CHANGES To FEMPI 2015 Bill to remove penalty clauses on serving union members and to fully restore pension cuts to pensioned members “All of these offending FEMPI 2015 provisions should be deleted or amended as appropriate”  -TUI Letter Further Down

From: President  TUI Sent: 16 November 2015 To All Executive Members

Subject: Protest against the Draconian and other Negative aspects of the FEMPI 2015 Bill   (SEE  TUI  LETTER TO ALL DÁIL DEPUTIES  BELOW)

Dear Colleagues,

Arising from the Executive meeting last Friday TUI is  staging a protest outside of the Dáil on Kildare Street this Wednesday, 18th November, between 4pm and 5 30pm. The protest is against the objectionable aspects (please see the letter sent by TUI to all members of the Oireachtas) of the FEMPI 2015 Bill. I have been informed by the Gardaí that 100 people is the maximum number that can be accommodated in front of the Dáil. We would be grateful if you could contact Branch Officers in your area (those adjacent to Dublin) with a view to both encouraging and ascertaining how many members might be available to  attend.   We will also send an email to branches, schools and colleges.  In the event that more than 100 members were to turn up the surplus can be accommodated in nearby Kildare Place and we can organise a rota for the protest. Please get back to me with any queries or information that you might have.

Kind Regards,

Gerry Quinn,President,Teachers’ Union of Ireland

73 Orwell Road, Rathgar,Dublin 6

ATTACK ON THE RIGHT TO FREE TRADE UNIONS BY LABOUR PARTY

Penalties on Unions and Anti-Union Laws in Labour Howlin’s Bill    -Speech by Seamus Healy TD in Dáil on Committe Stage of FEMPI Bill 2015

“Forcing unions by to sign up to an agreement favoured by government is a measure reminiscent of the corporate state of Mussolini, Franco and Salazaar. It is an attack on the right to free trade unions”

Gardai and Teachers and lecturers in secondary schools and Institutes of Technology wish to continue to abide by the industrial relations agrreements to which they are a party- theHaddington Rd Agreement which expires on July 1,2016.

GARDAI and teachers/lecturers are not seeking any extra money

Minister Howlin through amendments in this Bill is attempting to force these employees to abandon this agreement. He is attempting to force them to continue additional hours and duties which are damaging the policing service and the education system.

Forcing unions by to sign up to an agreement favoured by government is a measure reminiscent of the corporate state of Mussolini, Franco and Salazaar.

That A Labour Party Minister should introduce such measures taking effect in 2016 must be making Connolly and Larkin spin in their graves.

My amendments seek to remove these powers

TUI Calls on Dáil Deputies to Vote Against Penalty Clauses in Howlin Bill-FEMPI 2015-full letter below

Garda Rep. Assoc.(GRA) warns Government Against Punitive Legislation

Seamus Healy TD(087-2802199) Seeks to Remove Anti-Union Clauses from Howlin Bill

Gardai Oppose Lansdowne Rd, Take Similar Position to TUI, ASTI

ALL UNIONS MUST SUPPORT TUI CALL TO REMOVE ANTI-UNION CLAUSES From BILL

TUI LETTER TO All DAIL DEPUTIES CALLING FOR CHANGES To FEMPI 2015 Bill to remove penalty clauses on serving union members and to fully restore pension cuts to pensioned members

“All of these offending FEMPI 2015 provisions should be deleted or amended as appropriate”  –TUI Letter

TO:       Members of Dáil Éireann  3rd November 2015 

The Financial Emergency Measures in the Public Interest Bill (FEMPI) 2015

Dear Deputy,

The Financial Emergency Measures in the Public Interest Bill (FEMPI) 2015 contains a number of highly objectionable and punitive provisions which should be deleted or amended. Section 4 is draconian and seeks to force unions into the Lansdowne Road Agreement (LRA). If passed into law it will extend the potential to freeze increments for teachers and lecturers from beyond 2016 to 2018.

This could lead to a loss of thousands of euro for teachers and lecturers throughout their careers. This threat is disproportionate and wrong and must be stopped.
Likewise, the threat in Section 10 to the restoration to the teachers’ salary scale of payment for Substitution and Supervision (S&S) must be removed. Thousands of teachers have been carrying out this work since 2013 on the understanding that payment was deferred to 2017 and 2018. Any reneging on these Haddington Road Agreement (HRA) provisions (which involve reciprocal and significant productivity by teachers) will cause very serious industrial unrest.

The question needs to be asked:  If teachers do not carry out this S&S work, who will, given that this is work most effectively done by teachers? If this work is to be done it will have to be paid for one way or the other.

The Public Service Pension Reduction (PSPR), which was imposed on the pensions of retired public sector workers, will be removed by the end of 2017 for approximately 65,000 of the 90,000 whose pensions were cut. However, there is no commitment to have the remaining PSPR removed. The majority of our colleagues, retired or soon to retire, who have given invaluable service to society are adversely affected by this.

All of these offending FEMPI 2015 provisions should be deleted or amended as appropriate.
The overwhelming vote of members (92% on a 60% turnout) of the TUI not to accept the LRA is due in large measure to the fact that the LRA is utterly oblivious of

  1. Casualisation. A very significant proportion of teachers and lecturers have part-time hours/low pay, insecure employment or both. The LRA pay increases in January will benefit few of these. About half of second level TUI members under the age of 35 years are in the unacceptable situation of being in part-time and/or temporary employment.  The LRA does not address this problem.
  2. Lecturing hours far in excess of international norms:  Staffing levels in Institutes of Technology are wholly inadequate, with the result that Lecturers have lecturing hours far in excess of international norms. Institute of Technology (IoT) lecturers lecture for 18 or 20 hours a week. The international norm is about 8 to 10 hours. Since the recession began, funding for the IoT sector has been cut by 32% and lecturer numbers have fallen by 10% while student numbers have increased by over 20%. This is unacceptable, unfair and unsustainable. Not only does the LRA not address this problem but it contributes to the extension of the problem beyond 2016 to 2018. The inevitable result of this failure to staff institutes adequately is that the quality of service to students suffers as does the reputation of the Institutes.
  3. Bureaucratisation of teaching and lecturing. Research and experience show that teaching in Ireland has become increasingly pressurised for a variety of reasons. Increased and often unnecessary bureaucratic work is a large part of the problem. Currently teachers in England are leaving the profession in huge numbers during the early career stage because of workload problems. We do not want to replicate that destabilising phenomenon in this country. However, the LRA does not address this problem.
  4. Lack of appropriate career structures for educationalists in Further Education.
  5. LRA Paragraphs 3.2 and 4.Specifically in respect of the LRA, there is considerable concern because of the lack of written clarification on paragraphs 3.2 and 4. While a verbal reassurance in this regard was provided by the Labour Relations Commission in Lansdowne House during the negotiations, this assurance is required in writing.

Rather than threatening educationalists with draconian measures, which would punish them for the rest of their careers, it would be more appropriate for the government to talk to the TUI about how best to address and resolve the issues outlined above in a manner that protects and enhances the integrity and quality of the Irish education system.

Yours sincerely,_______________________________                    _______________________________

Gerry Quinn                                                                             John MacGabhann

President                                                                                   General Secretary

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On RTE News at one, to-day  Nov 8, Gen Sec PJ STONE warned government not to attempt to punish his members for their stance.

The Garda Representative Association (GRA) has said its members will refuse to work an additional 30 hours that was initially imposed on the force under the previous Haddington Road Agreement.
TUI in a letter to All Dáil Deputies has called on them to Vote Against Penalty Clauses in Howlin Bill-FEMPI 2015 which goes into Committee Stage In Dáil this week.

Minister Howlin has tabled amendments to FEMPI 2013 to enable him to compel union members to continue extra hours for a further 3 years

But Deputy Seamus Healy TD has tabled amendments to the Howlin Bill as circulated which have the effect of removing completely all power from the minister to freeze increments and other payments to public servants who refuse to continue the extra hours and duties.(see below)

The extra duties and hours were to end at the latest by June 2016 but they are to be continued under the Lansdowne Rd Agreement.

TUI says it simply wants to abide by the existing agreement until it expires on July 1, 2016.

Amendments Submitted by Seamus Healy TD  087-2802199

 

FEMPI BILL 2015

Amendment

In Line 31, P6 insert

“Section 7 of the Act of 2013 is amended by the deletion of Subsection 1”

 

Explanation:   The Ministers amendments seek to continue coercive power by amending section 1 of FEMPI 2013

This amendment deletes the coercive power from FEMPI 2013. If it were passed by the Dáil, the coercive power of the Minister would cease immediately.

 

 

 

FEMPI BILL  2015

Amendment

Add after Financial Emergency Measures in the public Interest Act 2013 at the end of 10 (5) on line 33 Page 13 “or in a sectoral agreement or where in any event the work, e.g.  substitution and supervision duties in schools, is being done.” 

 

Explanation:  Under Haddington Rd Agreement teachers were to receive a payment for S&S duties to compensate for removal of the S&S  allowance. Public servants in other areas were to receive similar compensations. Minister Howlin is seeking to take powers under the Bill to block this compensation. This amendment denies the Minister the power to do this.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Garda Representative Association (GRA) has said its members will refuse to work an additional 30 hours that was initially imposed on the force under the previous Haddington Road Agreement.

Howlin(Labour) proposes to Freeze Increments of Members of Unions which Oppose Lansdowne RD Agreement for a further 2 years from July 1, 2016

” Any reneging on these Haddington Road Agreement (HRA) provisions (which involve reciprocal and significant productivity by teachers) will cause very serious industrial unrest.”-TUI

TO:       Members of Dáil Éireann from Teachers Union of Ireland       3rd November 2015 

The Financial Emergency Measures in the Public Interest Bill (FEMPI) 2015

Dear Deputy,

The Financial Emergency Measures in the Public Interest Bill (FEMPI) 2015 contains a number of highly objectionable and punitive provisions which should be deleted or amended. Section 4 is draconian and seeks to force unions into the Lansdowne Road Agreement (LRA). If passed into law it will extend the potential to freeze increments for teachers and lecturers from beyond 2016 to 2018.

This could lead to a loss of thousands of euro for teachers and lecturers throughout their careers. This threat is disproportionate and wrong and must be stopped.
Likewise, the threat in Section 10 to the restoration to the teachers’ salary scale of payment for Substitution and Supervision (S&S) must be removed. Thousands of teachers have been carrying out this work since 2013 on the understanding that payment was deferred to 2017 and 2018. Any reneging on these Haddington Road Agreement (HRA) provisions (which involve reciprocal and significant productivity by teachers) will cause very serious industrial unrest.

The question needs to be asked:  If teachers do not carry out this S&S work, who will, given that this is work most effectively done by teachers? If this work is to be done it will have to be paid for one way or the other?

All of these offending FEMPI 2015 provisions should be deleted or amended as appropriate.
The overwhelming vote of members (92% on a 60% turnout) of the TUI not to accept the LRA is due in large measure to the fact that the LRA is utterly oblivious of

  1. Casualisation. A very significant proportion of teachers and lecturers have part-time hours/low pay, insecure employment or both. The LRA pay increases in January will benefit few of these. About half of second level TUI members under the age of 35 years are in the unacceptable situation of being in part-time and/or temporary employment.  The LRA does not address this problem.
  2. Lecturing hours far in excess of international norms: Staffing levels in Institutes of Technology are wholly inadequate, with the result that Lecturers have lecturing hours far in excess of international norms. Institute of Technology (IoT) lecturers lecture for 18 or 20 hours a week. The international norm is about 8 to 10 hours. Since the recession began, funding for the IoT sector has been cut by 32% and lecturer numbers have fallen by 10% while student numbers have increased by over 20%. This is unacceptable, unfair and unsustainable. Not only does the LRA not address this problem but it contributes to the extension of the problem beyond 2016 to 2018. The inevitable result of this failure to staff institutes adequately is that the quality of service to students suffers as does the reputation of the Institutes.
  3. Bureaucratisation of teaching and lecturing. Research and experience show that teaching in Ireland has become increasingly pressurised for a variety of reasons. Increased and often unnecessary bureaucratic work is a large part of the problem. Currently teachers in England are leaving the profession in huge numbers during the early career stage because of workload problems. We do not want to replicate that destabilising phenomenon in this country. However, the LRA does not address this problem.
  4. Lack of appropriate career structures for educationalists in Further Education. Specifically in respect of the LRA, there is considerable concern because of the lack of written clarification on paragraphs 3.2 and 4. While a verbal reassurance in this regard was provided by the Labour Relations Commission in Lansdowne House during the negotiations, this assurance is required in writing.

Rather than threatening educationalists with draconian measures, which would punish them for the rest of their careers, it would be more appropriate for the government to talk to the TUI about how best to address and resolve the issues outlined above in a manner that protects and enhances the integrity and quality of the Irish education system.

Yours sincerely,

_______________________________               _______________________________

Gerry Quinn                                                         John MacGabhann

President                                                              General Secretary

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Howlin to intervene in row on overtime for gardaí

Niall O’Connor and Tom Brady

PUBLISHED06/11/2015 | 02:30

1Justice Minister Frances Fitzgerald has asked her Cabinet colleague Mr Howlin to intervene in a bid to resolve the row

Public Expenditure Minister Brendan Howlin has been asked to intervene in a row surrounding working conditions in An Garda Siochana, as officers threaten to turn down overtime offers from January.

 

The Garda Representative Association (GRA) has said its members will refuse to work an additional 30 hours that was initially imposed on the force under the previous Haddington Road Agreement.

The trade union last week overwhelmingly rejected the new public sector pay deal, known as the Lansdowne Road Agreement, because it involved a continuation of the additional 30 hours per year.

Unless the additional 30 hours is removed following a review, officers will be advised not to volunteer for overtime.

But it has now emerged that Justice Minister Frances Fitzgerald has asked her Cabinet colleague Mr Howlin to intervene in a bid to resolve the row. The decision was communicated to GRA members in an internal memo, seen by the Irish Independent.

“The GRA delegation advised the minister of all of the discussions that took place on the Lansdowne Road Agreement. We further advised the minister that the question of working additional hours for free was no longer an option,” the memo states.

Mr Howlin spearheaded the Lansdowne Road Agreement, which has been accepted by the majority of unions. It’s understood he is due to meet senior GRA figures later this month to discuss their concerns over the 30 additional hours.

As revealed by the Irish Independent yesterday, the GRA met with Ms Fitzgerald in Leinster House and a series of issues relating to the force were discussed. These included garda resources, morale within the force and rural crime.

The GRA warned Ms Fitzgerald that communities are seriously suffering as a result of the rural crime crisis.

Ms Fitzgerald was also told that soaring insurance costs have emerged as a major factor behind the epidemic.

Premiums

A growing number of families whose homes are targeted by burglaries are failing to report the crimes for fear of the impact it will have their premiums, according to the GRA.

Aside from insurance costs, the GRA told Ms Fitzgerald that crime victims are also failing to report incidents because they no longer have immediate access to their local garda as a result of cutbacks.

The meeting was attended by GRA president Dermot O’Brien, vice president Ciaran O’Neill, general secretary PJ Stone and deputy general secretary John Healy.

Sources described the meeting as “amicable” and “open” and said Ms Fitzgerald also expressed concern for members on the ground on the back of the brutal murder of Garda Tony Golden in Dundalk last month.

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VOTE NO TO LANSDOWNE ROAD

IMPACT GRASS ROOTS:  VOTE NO  TO LANSDOWNE RD  AGREEMENT!!

NURSES, CLERICAL, ADMINISTRATIVE, PROFESSIONAL STAFF

Rotten Deal! Vote No!

It is a very bad deal for all public servants. The increases provided are minimal even for those

 on low and middle incomes. A person on 30,000 Euro per annum will get an extra gross income

of just over 1000 euro per year or 700 Euro per year after deductions or 14 Euro per week

For this the employee will work the extra 2 hours per week in the current agreement  which

is being extended for a further two years.  For the same reason the 4 days holidays will still be lost each year.

Without Lansdowne Rd these would have expired this time next year.

Unionised employees in the private sector, including many who have had no pay cut,

are to get similar or  greater pay rises. In effect, there is almost no “restoration” of pay cuts, just the same rise as those in private sector. But for us  the extra hours and lost holidays will continue for 3 years from today. Prices have risen by 10%

since the pay  cuts and extra taxes such as water charges and property tax must be paid in addition

to  “rip-off” interest rates on mortgages and huge child-minding fees.

AS ALWAYS IMPACT NATIONAL EXECUTIVE HAS RECOMMENDED A  YES VOTE

BUT THE VAST MAJORITY OF SPEAKERS AT THE 300 STRONG NATIONAL EXECUTIVE CONSULTATIVE COUNCIL HELD RECENTLY  SPOKE AGAINST THE AGREEMENT!!!

We are heartened by the recommendation of Teachers Union of Ireland, OPATSI the plasterers union and the Irish Medical Orgaisation to  members to vote against this Agreement.

It is a disastrous Deal. What Can You Do ?  VOTE NO and Spread the Word!

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