SIPTU members across the public service have spoken loud and clear, with a resounding majority voting to accept the proposed new Public Sector Pay Agreement 2024 – 2026. The ballots were counted today (Thursday, 21st March) at count centres in Dublin, Cork, and Galway.

Addressing reporters at the count centre in Liberty Hall, Dublin, SIPTU Deputy General Secretary, John King, expressed satisfaction with the outcome.

“More than 90% of votes cast by our members were in favor of the proposed new Public Sector Pay Agreement,” he announced.

“This agreement marks a significant step forward for public service workers,” King continued. “It not only offers improved pay but also safeguards against job outsourcing and the privatisation of services.”

Highlighting another crucial aspect of the deal, King explained, “A clause within the agreement provides a mechanism to address local claims and disputes within the public service. Our members recognise that this agreement addresses the challenges posed by the cost of living and inflation, while also enhancing their terms and conditions of employment.”

Looking ahead, King stated, “SIPTU representatives will present this mandate at the ICTU Public Services Committee meeting scheduled for Monday, 25th March. The final decision on the agreement’s acceptance or rejection will be determined by aggregating the results of all the ballots conducted by the individual unions affiliated with ICTU. We anticipate knowing the outcome next Monday.”

With a clear mandate from its members, SIPTU is poised to advocate strongly for the interests of public service workers at the upcoming meetings. This overwhelming show of support underscores the importance of fair and equitable treatment for workers across the public sector.

Photo shows: SIPTU Deputy General Secretary John King watches as ballot are counted in Liberty Hall. Photograph: Leah Farrell / ©