Wednesday, 19 June 2013

Questions (87)

Finian McGrath

Question:

87. Deputy Finian McGrath asked the Minister for Education and Skills if he will clarify if the 7% cut to teachers and public servants salaries is on the whole salary for those over €65,000 or just the amount above €65,000; the impact this cut will have on a persons pension; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [29485/13]

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Written answers (Question to Education)

The pay reduction under the Financial Emergency Measures in the Public Interest Act 2013 will apply from 1 July 2013 for public servants, including teachers, on salaries of €65,000 and greater (inclusive of allowances in the nature of pay). The details of the reductions are enclosed in the attached table. The 5.5% reduction applies to all salary below €80,000, not solely the portion of salary which is between €65,000 and €80,000. However, salaries will not fall below €65,000 as a result of the application of this reduction. Where a trade union representing teachers has agreed to be bound by the Haddington Road Agreement and has registered that Agreement with the Labour Relations Commission, alleviation measures will apply in the case of those teachers who lose pensionable pay both through the pay reduction and the withdrawal of the supervision and substitution allowance under the Agreement. A teacher who retires on or before 31 August 2014 will have their superannuation benefits calculated by reference to the payscales applying on 30 June 2013.

Pay adjustments under the Financial Emergency Measures in the Public Interest Act 2013 and under the Haddington Road Agreement

Annualised amount of Remuneration

Reduction

Any amount up to €80,000

5.5%

Any amount over €80,000 but not over €150,000

8%

Any amount over €150,000 but not over €185,000

9%

Any amount over €185,000

10%