Written answers

Thursday, 12 May 2022

Department of Education and Skills

Public Sector Pay

Photo of Richard Boyd BarrettRichard Boyd Barrett (Dún Laoghaire, People Before Profit Alliance)
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124. To ask the Minister for Education and Skills if she will ensure that all staff across the education sector receive a pay rise to cover inflation; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [23823/22]

Photo of Norma FoleyNorma Foley (Kerry, Fianna Fail)
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The current public service agreement, Building Momentum, is in place until the end of this year. The value of public pay deals to the Government and the taxpayer is ensuring that pay costs are managed in a sustainable and orderly way and in a climate of industrial peace.

The Government acknowledges that current price pressures present particular challenges and are a source of concern for all public service workers, including staff in the education sector. In this context, the parties will continue to discuss and explore all of these matters over the coming weeks.

The Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform has recently directed his officials to arrange to enter into exploratory discussions with Public Service Unions and representative staff associations in relation to an agreed way forward on public service pay issues.

Photo of Paul MurphyPaul Murphy (Dublin South West, RISE)
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125. To ask the Minister for Education and Skills if her attention has been drawn to a motion that was passed at a trade union conference (details supplied) calling for a ballot for strike action if the Government fails to meet its members’ pay demands; if she will ensure that all school staff receive pay increases at least in line with inflation; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [23807/22]

Photo of Norma FoleyNorma Foley (Kerry, Fianna Fail)
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The current public service agreement, Building Momentum, is in place until the end of this year. The value of public pay deals to the Government and the taxpayer is ensuring that pay costs are managed in a sustainable and orderly way and in a climate of industrial peace.

The Government acknowledges that current price pressures present particular challenges and are a source of concern for all public service workers, including staff in the education sector. In this context, the parties will continue to discuss and explore all of these matters over the coming weeks.

The Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform has recently directed his officials to arrange to enter into exploratory discussions with Public Service Unions and representative staff associations in relation to an agreed way forward on public service pay issues.

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