Unions have agreed a core set of priorities ahead of public sector pay talks which are due to begin in the coming weeks.

The current public service pay agreement, Building Momentum, expires at the end of 2023.

The Public Service Committee of the Irish Congress of Trade Unions said a successor agreement will need to be negotiated and ratified before the current deal expires.

Committee Chair Kevin Callinan said its priority objective is to secure appropriate pay measures in response to continuing cost-of-living pressures on working families.

"Cost pressures, including rising mortgage interest rates and corporate profiteering, continue to erode wages," Mr Callinan said.

Unions said they are also focused on stabilising the current agreement, as there has been an "inconclusive" process of engagement on Building Momentum's commitment to addressing several outstanding issues that affect a number of public service grades, groups and categories.

"To stabilise the current agreement, and to ensure a successor agreement commences on a solid foundation, an agreed process for dealing with issues affecting specific groups and grades is essential," Mr Callinan said.

He also called for a normalisation of public service industrial relations which includes appropriate access to the Workplace Relations Commission and the Labour Court, and the final dismantling of remaining pieces of financial emergency measures.

"We need to move on from a process of industrial relations shaped by the response to the 2009 financial crisis," he said.

Unions also agreed to pursue measures to ensure the 'future-proofing’ of quality public services and public service employment to meet the needs of Ireland's growing population.