Confirmation that the application of the pay increases to pensioners, once acceptance of union members has been achieved, was received by ICTU yesterday.

 

A letter, dated 1 February, from Deputy Secretary General of the Department of Public Expenditure, NDP Delivery & Reform, was sent to the Chair of the ICTU Public Services Committee Kevin Callnan. The letter confirms that, as pensioners retain the rule of parity, where retired teachers receive the same increases as working teachers, the uplifts arising from the draft pay agreement will be applied to pensions after balloting is completed and accepted by union members. The increases will apply for the duration of the current agreement and the first increase of 2.25% will be backdated to 1 Jan 2024.

The INTO Central Executive Committee (CEC) has moved swiftly to finalise arrangements for a ballot. Yesterday, the CEC announced its decision to recommend the terms of the draft pay agreement to members. This will now be followed by an information sharing process in February, and voting in an online ballot will take place from 4 to 14 March. Once accepted by the INTO members and the other unions, it will then return to DPENR, to quickly implement any required legislation, should the need arise.

Later increases will follow in both June and October 2024, also in 2025 & 2026. The total uplift is an increase of 9.25%. There is a further increase of 1% for local bargaining, but we will not have clarity on this until INTO commences its deliberations on the issue, both internally and externally.

Increases would be made on a periodic basis through a combination of flat rate payments and/or percentage increases.

(Please note, the flat rate payments apply to lower paid teachers only. These payments do not apply to pensioners)

 

The details of the draft agreement include:

 2024

A general round increase in annualised basic salary for all public servants of 2.25% or €1,125, whichever is greater, on 1 January 2024.

A general round increase in annualised basic salary for all public servants of 1% on 1 June 2024.

A general round increase in annualised basic salary for all public servants of 1% or €500, whichever is greater, on 1 October 2024.

2025

A general round increase in annualised basic salary for all public servants of 2% or €1,000, whichever is greater, on 1 March 2025.

A general round increase in annualised basic salary for all public servants of 1% on 1 August 2025.

2026

A general round increase in annualised basic salary for all public servants of 1% or €500, whichever is greater, on 1 February 2026.

A general round increase in annualised basic salary for all public servants of 1% on 1 June 2026.

Local Bargaining

A local bargaining instalment, equivalent to 1% of the basic pay cost, on 1 September 2025.