Working Hours Although there is no general reduction in working time under the PSSA, the agreement has given officers the possibility of a permanent return to pre-Haddington Road hours on the basis of a proportional wage adjustment. Staff members were able to opt for this agreement at the beginning of the agreement (January-April 2018) and can do so for a period after the end of the agreement (January-April 2021). The agreement also contains a provision allowing the conversion of annual leave into flexible hours. “The reduction in public service pensions has contributed significantly to the stabilization of public finances since its launch in January 2011. In recent years, wage cuts and pension cuts have been rolled out. As required by law, we are now at the point where the remaining 3% of public service retirees will have to be removed from the effects of the PRSP in the coming period. This is the second wage adjustment to be implemented this year. The salaries of civil servants earning less than 30,000 euros a year increased by 1% in January, while those earning more than 30,000 euros benefited from a reduced contribution to the “additional contribution” that replaced the “pension contribution” under the PSSA. Productivity Measures The PSSA states that the productivity policies set out in the 2013 Lansdowne Road Agreement can continue to apply and be updated to reflect different renewal policies mentioned in the text. In addition, there is a need to introduce performance management systems into parts of the public service where they are not yet available. And it requires parties to discuss more open recruitment “if this is likely to meet organizational needs.” The package, if ratified by public sector union members, runs until 31 December 2022. Pension contribution anomalies have been corrected Two outstanding “additional additional contributions” (formerly “retirement tax”) will be corrected under the ASSP.
From January 2019, employees who entered the public service after January 2013 and are in the single public service system that was in place at the time will pay only two-thirds of the supplementary contribution rate. From January 2020, this figure will fall to one-third. This reflects the fact that the benefits of the single system differ from those of the previous system. In addition, from January 2019, the “additional contribution” for ineligible public and public service items, including overtime payments not eligible for retirement, will no longer be payable.