The union representing higher grade public servants has described the outcome of the public sector pay restoration talks as "disappointing" - and is to consult further with members before deciding whether to recommend it for acceptance.
The Executive Committee of the Association of Higher Civil and Public Servants, which represents almost 3,000 higher grade Government employees, met today to consider the provisions of the Lansdowne Road Agreement which were finalised last week.
AHCPS General Secretary Ciaran Rohan said that while they welcomed the pay restoration already committed to under the Haddington Road Agreement, the overall outcome of the recent talks was disappointing, adding that higher grades had been treated in an "inequitable" manner in the broader context of the agreement.
He said that because of this, the union leadership will engage in further consultation with members until 22 June before deciding whether to recommend the deal which will be put to a ballot.
The latest Lansdowne Road Agreement was always going to be structured to benefit lower paid workers disproportionately.
However, under draft proposals during the talks process, higher paid grades including AHCPS members would have been in line for a € 1,000 increase in 2017 - like their lower paid colleagues.
However at the last minute a cap of €65,000 was put in place for the 2017 pay hikes - meaning higher paid employees will only get the benefit of the reduction in the pension levy threshold.
However, previous arrangements set out in the Haddington Road Agreement for a phased restoration of pay cuts for those earning between € 65,000 and €100,000 will be implemented.
Last Friday, the Irish Medical Organisation which also represents higher paid Government employees, expressed disappointment and grave concern about the outcome.
From 1 January 2016, the exemption threshold for payment of the public service pension levy will rise from €15,000 a year to €24,750 for all employees.
In addition, annualised salaries up to €24,000 will rise by 2.5%.
Annualised salaries from €24,001 to €31,000 will rise by 1%.
On 1 September 2016, the pension levy threshold will be raised again from €24,750 to €28,750 a year.
A year later, on 1st September 2017, annualised salaries up to €65,000 will rise by €1,000.
It has been estimated that between 2016 and 2018, a Government employee on €30,000 will receive a pay rise of €2,170 (7.2%), a worker on €60,000 will have a pay hike of €1,895 (3.2%) while a public servant on €100,000 will see an increase of €1,000 or 1%.
However, employers bodies have voiced fears that the public sector pay increases will put pressure on private sector companies to hike wages, and have called for significant productivity to offset the cost of the Lansdowne Road deal.
Speaking on RTÉ's Morning Ireland programme this morning, Regional Secretary of Unite, Jimmy Kelly, said the agreement has been carefully crafted to give maximum economic impact. He welcomed what he described as the modest partial pay increase civil servants will receive under the agreement.
Speaking on the same programme, Danny McCoy, CEO of Ibec, said the agreement contains a re commitment to no out-sourcing, which he said was a bad feature of the deal.
Ibec says the pay deal will put the public sector at odds with the reality of the private sector.