Wednesday, 14 May 2014

Questions (73, 74)

Micheál Martin

Question:

73. Deputy Micheál Martin asked the Minister for Education and Skills if he will confirm that his Department will not pay according to the non-binding LRC recommendations (details supplied); and if he will make a statement on the matter. [21626/14]

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Micheál Martin

Question:

74. Deputy Micheál Martin asked the Minister for Education and Skills if it is current operational policy that all Labour Court recommendations in favour of the complainant are not being processed during the lifetime of the Haddington Road agreement, despite the fact that there is no such requirement under the legislation. [21627/14]

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Written answers (Question to Education)

I propose to take Questions Nos. 73 and 74 together.

As the Deputy will be aware, in the context of measures necessary to restore order to the public finances, Government pay policy has been consistent in its approach to the processing of cost-increasing pay claims. Accordingly, non-binding Labour Court Recommendations which will result in a pay increase, such as those referred to by the Deputy, are precluded from implementation. This was provided for in the Croke Park Agreement and continues to be provided for in the Public Service Stability Agreement (Haddington Road) 2013-2016.