Irish Water Staff Balloted On LRC Pay Recommendations

A Labour Relations Commission (LRC) recommendation on pay for staff at Irish Water has been accepted by its parent company, Eriva.

A dispute began last year when Eriva announced that it would not pay Performance Related Awards (PRA's) to Irish Water staff for 2013 or 2014.

The company's Group of Unions consider the decision to be a breach of the agreement with the company in relation to pay and referred the matter to the LRC.

Unions and Eriva entered into talks with the LRC in an effort to resolve the dispute.

The proposal now put forward by the LRC is that: 

• The pay model introduced to Ervia in 2013 should be implemented in full immediately across the Ervia group, with modified proposals for Irish Water as outlined below. 

• The pay model should apply in Irish Water from 2017. Before then, an interim arrangement will apply where Irish Water employees revert to an increment-based model for a period from January 2014 to the end of 2016. Irish Water employees will receive non-pensionable annual increments ranging from 1.5 to 3% effective from January of each year following their appointments. 

• The PRA element of the Ervia pay model will therefore not apply to staff in Irish Water for this interim period to the end of 2016 and the increments which are applied to Irish Water staff during the interim period will be withdrawn when these staff revert to the Ervia pay model, with effect from 1 January 2017. 

The pay proposals will be put to ballot by the unions.


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