SIPTU representatives have today (Monday, 24th September) secured a proposal from Government that will address outstanding pay issues for workers who joined the public service from 2011. SIPTU Deputy General Secretary for the Public Sector, John King, said: “SIPTU Public Services Division, in conjunction with other unions on the Public Services Committee of the ICTU, have secured a proposal from Government to address the outstanding issue of post-2011 new entrant pay in the public service. Union representatives obtained this agreement from the Government as part of the negotiations on the extension to the Lansdowne Road Agreement.” “The effective date of implementation of these measures is the 1st March 2019. This will see workers receive pay increases significantly earlier than originally anticipated. The Government proposal to address this long standing pay injustice for new entrants has been long debated and considered by the parties. The negative impact this policy has had on thousands of workers across the public sector, including in health, local authorities and education is undeniable, but now these workers have some light at the end of the tunnel.” He added: “SIPTU representatives accept these proposals as laid out and will be demanding that the agreed dates for implementation are strictly adhered to by Government to the benefit of our members.”