Thursday, 17 December 2020
Department of Health
Health Services Staff
497. To ask the Minister for Health when he plans to extend the pay restoration that has commenced for 50 section 39 organisations to the remaining 250 similar organisations; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [44289/20]
As we are aware, an agreement was reached by the parties in October 2018, in relation to a process of pay restoration for staff employed by 50 section 39 agencies, as part of a pilot exercise. Pay restoration commenced in April 2019 with an annual pay increase of up to €1,000. Any outstanding balance would be paid in two equal amounts in 2020 and 2021, if due.
The agreement reached at the WRC noted that some of the organisations which did not form part of the pilot phase are also likely to have pay restoration issues. It stated that a process of engagement to address this would commence in 2019.
Since late 2019, there was a number of meetings between the parties at the WRC, in relation to this next phase. The HSE have been costing this next phase of pay restoration and engagement has been taking place with the Department of Public Expenditure and Reform regarding a proposal to resolve these pay restoration issues.
I can confirm that following engagement at the Workplace Relations Commission on 9 December 2020, the parties reached an agreement. A payment arrangement consisting of three phases was agreed with the first two payments to be made in 2021.