Thursday, 7 March 2013

Questions (110)

Terence Flanagan

Question:

110. Deputy Terence Flanagan asked the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform his plans to introduce a reduction in the pay and pay scales for special advisers; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [12054/13]

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Written answers (Question to Public)

Discussions have taken place between public service employers and the Public Services Committee of the Irish Congress of Trade Unions regarding the Government’s stated intention to reach agreement on securing the required overall savings of €1bn from the public service pay and pensions bill by 2015. Following intensive engagement between the parties, which was facilitated by the Labour Relations Commission (LRC), the LRC has developed and recommended a set of proposals for consideration and agreement. The stated intention of the Government is that these proposals when given effect will apply to all public servants including special advisors. The proposals which will involve inter alia a pay cut for special advisors are currently under consideration by all public servants and are available on the LRC website.