After seven years of stopping civil servants` salaries and effective cuts in nominal wages, the Irish government and public sector unions began negotiations on restoring wages in early 2015. The Haddington Road Agreement, which covered the wages and working conditions of public sector employees, was about to expire. The final draft of the Lansdowne Road Agreement includes 290,000 public sector employees (29 May project). It sets wage increases for the next three years, with lower increases for those with higher rung. Trade unions have also ensured the protection of workers from outsourcing. The agreement gives the government the opportunity to consider “an alternative wage-setting structure”,” likely heavily influenced by the fiscal situation. Local agreements, called “side deals” (for example.B. trade unions generally welcome flexible working time. After a rather difficult period of negotiations, there has been a breakthrough in several important rounds of negotiations, such as that of the construction sector.

However, negotiations remain tense with 600,000 public sector employees. In May 2015, after four years of deadlock, a ridge agreement was signed between three unions and employer representatives. Salaries increase by 5.05% and all civil servants receive a lump sum of €500. The FNV, the main union involved, however, refused to sign the agreement, saying the agreed increases were financed by pension cuts. FNV challenged the agreement (and the pension cut) in court, but lost the first emergency procedure on 1 October 2015. At the same time, the government also reached a preliminary agreement with the PSAC to compensate employees for damages caused by Phoenix`s wage system and the late transposition of 2014 collective agreements. If approved, this compensation agreement will apply to the 140,000 VIP members who will be paid through Phoenix`s compensation system. As a first step, the union granted all employers an extended additional period of time to implement the collective agreements, which doubled the usual period from 75 to 150 days.

However, the Treasury Board needed a total of 810 days to give civil servants their retroactive salary arrears. The unions applied to the Constitutional Court when a law (OG 36/15) was introduced to impose a wage freeze on 180,000 civil service employees, while wage increases on the basis of seniority were guaranteed in collective agreements. However, the court ruled in favor of the government and the law was extended until the end of 2015. This article presents some of the main developments and results of research on aspects of wages and collective bargaining in the public sector in the EU in the third quarter of 2015. . .