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Section 27. Pay Increase Information.

Pay increase Information

27.16 This Agreement shall come into force on the expiry of the Pay Agreement under Part Two of Sustaining Progress and will last for twenty seven months.

27.17 It is agreed that pay increases shall be calculated on the basis of:

  • 3% from 1 December 2006;
  • 2% from 1 June 2007; except for those earning up to and including €400 per week (€20,859 per annum), where a 2.5% increase will apply;
  • 2.5% from 1 March 2008; and
  • 2.5% from 1 September 2008.

27.18 The payment of these increases is dependent, in the case of each sector, organisation and grade, on verification of co-operation with flexibility and ongoing change, including co-operation with satisfactory implementation of the agenda for modernisation set out in the Agreement, maintenance of stable industrial relations and absence of industrial action in respect of any matters covered by the Agreement. Payment is dependent on verification of satisfactory achievement of these provisions as set out in Section 33.3.

27.19 Under the provisions set out in Section 33.3. a Secretary General may refuse to sanction the payment of any of the increases outlined at Section 27.17. If the matter which gave rise to that decision is subsequently resolved then the payment may be made from the date which the relevant Secretary General deems appropriate in the circumstances. In the event that there is disagreement in relation to the effective date, it is accepted that the question will be processed through the existing industrial relations machinery and that the outcome will be binding.

27.20 The Public Service Benchmarking Body is currently carrying out a benchmarking review of the pay of public service employees and is to report its findings in the second half of 2007. A parallel benchmarking process is to be carried out in relation to the pay of the craft grades and the related non-nursing and general operative grades and is to be completed by the second half of 2007. The question of the implementation of the outcome of the benchmarking processes will be discussed by the parties in the context of discussions on whatever arrangements on pay and conditions are to be put in place on the expiry of this Agreement.