The Public Services Committee of the ICTU has today (Friday, 7th October) formally ratified the decision by members of SIPTU and other unions to vote in favour of accepting the terms of the revised pay proposals in the ‘Public Service Agreement: Building Momentum’. SIPTU Deputy General Secretary, John King, said: “These are extraordinary times with high levels of inflation and resulting cost of living increases and, while these pay terms do not match these, they will go a long way towards providing real relief to SIPTU members in the public service and provide long-lasting improvements to their pay and conditions of employment. “The Building Momentum agreement is now extended until the end of 2023.  When taken in its totality it has, and will continue to, provide real benefits to members’ pay and conditions of employment, as well maintaining protections against the outsourcing of their jobs. “Given that it has a short time span, it is anticipated that we will be back in negotiations in 2023 for a new public service agreement to commence in January 2024.”