The Lansdowne Road Agreement confirms previous commitments made in the Croke Park and Haddington Road agreements, where appropriate, to directly employ labour. However, under this agreement, all cost comparisons for the assessment of service delivery between the direct placement service and the DSE exclude “the entire cost of labour.” Although these lower scales (which were worth 10% less at each point on each scale) were removed at the request of the unions under the 2013 Haddington Road agreement, “new entrants” continued to have longer pay scales than their longer colleagues, with two wage points lower at the beginning of each scale. Some grades have also seen the elimination of certain allowances for newcomers. Details of the previous agreement, the 2010-2014 Croke Park Agreement, can be found here. The agreement builds on the significant level of reform in the public service under the 2010-14 Public Service Agreement and contains a number of other measures needed to support the provision of a more integrated, efficient and effective public service. Until the agreement expires, more than 90% of public servants and civil servants will earn as much, or more than when wage cuts were introduced in 2010 and (for the best income) in 2013. Nearly a quarter (low wages) have been completely removed from the “retirement tax” introduced in 2009. The rest will make cuts in these payments, the rest being turned into “additional contributions.” In accordance with Section 6.1 of the Lansdowne Road Contract, the enforcement group covered by this section decides, in the event of a dispute, the outsourcing of existing services and the treatment of anomalies resulting from the agreement. Working Hours Although there is no general reduction in working time under the PSSA, the agreement has given officers the possibility of a permanent return to pre-Haddington Road hours on the basis of a proportional wage adjustment. Staff members were able to opt for this agreement at the beginning of the agreement (January-April 2018) and can do so for a period after the end of the agreement (January-April 2021).
The agreement also contains a provision allowing the conversion of annual leave into flexible hours. Newcomers The term “new entrants” refers to people who started working in the public service after 2011 (and organizations related to it for wage purposes) when the government imposed, without agreement, lower pay scales for new employees. Recruitment and Conservation Issues As part of the agreement, trade unions could choose to submit a contribution to the Pay Commission (PSPC) on the recruitment and conservation problems identified in their initial 2017 report, which preceded the discussions that led to the PSSA. The Commission cited in the report voted in favour of its notes. The agreements confirm that it is still permissible for work that “reasonably can be considered small” to be outsourced in accordance with the usual consultation procedures [in accordance with the Information and Hearings Act) of 2006]. As with all previous public service agreements, work is excluded in situations where the employer complies with the agreement.