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Minister McGrath secures Government approval of Public Service Pay Deal

The Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform, Michael McGrath TD, has welcomed Government approval of proposals to extend the current public service pay agreement, Building Momentum, to the end of 2023.

The proposals will see a 3% increase in pay for public sector workers, backdated to 2 February 2022, a 2% increase from 1 March 2023 and a further 1.5% (or €750 whichever is greater) from 1 October 2023. This is in addition to 1% (or €500 whichever is greater) due on 1 October 2022 agreed under the original Building Momentum agreement.

Minister McGrath said:

“I welcome Government approval of the proposals to extend the current pay agreement, Building Momentum, to the end of 2023.  

“I believe the proposals put forward by the WRC yesterday morning strike the right balance between providing a deal that is fair to public servants in the midst of cost of living challenges and one that is sustainable and affordable for the taxpayer. 

“The proposals if adopted by unions will provide stability in a period of significant global uncertainty.  I also welcome the recommendation from ICTU yesterday that planned ballots on industrial action be suspended while the proposals are being considered.

“The proposals will now be considered by the members of ICTU, other unions and staff representative associations through ballot and we must respect that democratic process now underway.”

Press Release on outcome of talks can be found here.