Public Service Stability Agreement 2018 - 2020

Thursday 08 June 2017

ASTI participated in the National Pay Talks that concluded in the early hours of Thursday 8th June and led to a proposed extension of the Lansdowne Road Agreement. The full text of the proposals is available here. Under the terms of the ASTI Rules and Constitution, the proposals will be referred to the Central Executive Council for its consideration.

While some of the proposals would provide benefits for members, it is clear that the certainty that ASTI had sought regarding the elimination of the differential pay scales during the life of the proposed agreement for new entrant teachers has not been achieved. This represents a major disappointment. In addition there is no commitment to a reduction of the Croke Park hours. The foregoing are two key issues for ASTI and they have not been addressed.

The main points of the outcome of the negotiations are as follows:

The agreement will run from 1st January 2018 to 31st December 2020

Pay increases will be applied as set out below.

Legislation will also be enacted to provide for the conversion of the existing Pension Related Deduction (PRD) provided for under the Financial Emergency Measures in the Public Interest Act, 2009 (as amended) into a permanent Additional Superannuation Contribution (ASC)

Pay and pension levy

  • 1st January 2018: 1% pay increase
  • 1st October 2018: 1% pay increase
  • 1st January 2019: Pension levy threshold revised upwards from €28,750 to €32,000
  • 1st January 2019: 1% pay increase for those whose annualised salaries are less than €30,000
  • 1st September 2019: 1.75% pay increase
  • 1st January 2020: Pension levy threshold revised upwards to €34,500
  • 1st October 2020: 2% pay increase

 

Value of pay and pension levy adjustments when combined 

  • The combination of pay and pension levy adjustments will be worth 7.4% to those on salaries of €30,000 a year or less, over the duration of the agreement
  • The combination of pay and pension levy adjustments will be worth 7% to those on salaries between €50,000 and €55,000 a year, over the duration of the agreement.
  • The combination of pay and pension levy adjustments will be worth between 6.6% and 6.9% for those on salaries between €55,000 and €80,000 a year, over the duration of the agreement.

 

Pensions

  • Pension benefits will be preserved over the duration of the agreement. Pay-pension parity will remain. No career average calculation for future service will be implemented.
  • Additional pension contributions for pensions

 

Other provisions

  • No change in working hours.
  • An end to pension levy on non-pensionable earnings.
  • Process to address longer pay scales for new entrants (See commentary above)
  • Commitments on work-life balance arrangements.
  • Commitments to industrial peace.