Over 60,000 public servants who have been on lower pay rates since 2011 are set to receive pay increases worth on average €3,300 under proposals published by the Government. According to the minister of finance, the deal delivers a fair and affordable resolution. However, he warned unions that only remaining within the current public service pay agreement would benefit. The first increase is in March 2019, and the second in 2020. Workers who have been on lower pay for longest will see a double jump in March 2019. The unions stressed that any payments under these proposals constitute restoration, rather than wage increases. Their executives will consider the deal and decide whether to recommend it to members when they ballot.
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