Minister Donohoe issues invitation to public pay discussions

14th November, 2023

The Minister for Public Expenditure NDP Delivery and Reform, Paschal Donohoe T.D. will today (Tuesday) invite Public Service Unions and staff representative associations to enter negotiations with Government on the potential for a new public service pay agreement under the auspices of the Workplace Relations Commission (WRC). 

Minister Donohoe said: 

“Having discussed the matter with my Government colleagues, I believe an opportunity now exists for the parties to intensify efforts to try to agree an appropriate successor agreement to Building Momentum which expires at the end of 2023. 

“All parties will have particular issues they want to see addressed and I believe the best way to now work through these issues is with the expert assistance of the Workplace Relations Commission. 

“These will be challenging discussions. Any agreement has to be appropriate to the context the country is currently facing and must be sustainable in the face of considerable global uncertainty – both economic and geopolitical. 

“However, I believe that there is scope for all Parties to engage constructively towards an agreement that provides valuable certainty over the coming years for the taxpayer, businesses who rely on essential public services and of course our public servants who work so hard to provide them. 

“I will be issuing invitations to the parties today to engage with Government and I would hope that discussions can get underway as soon as possible.”