SIPTU members have voted by a large majority to accept the proposals in the Public Service Stability Agreement 2018-2020. Following a count of ballots in Liberty Hall today, SIPTU Vice President, Gene Mealy, said that 76% voted in favour of the proposals with 24% against. The Agreement, which is an extension to the Lansdowne Road Agreement, provides for pay restoration and other improvements for workers in the public service.“Our members in the public service have endorsed the proposed Agreement in line with a recommendation by the National Executive Council of the union. However, we are conscious that a lot of work needs to be undertaken in a number of areas where important issues remain unresolved.“These include concerns over pay disparities for new entrants, overtime rates, recruitment and retention issues and the restoration of allowances. We will also insist that management ensures that the employment protection measures, which are central to the proposed Agreement, are implemented in the event that it is ratified at a meeting next month of the Public Services Committee of the ICTU,” Gene Mealy said.