Newcomers The term “new entrants” refers to people who started working in the public service after 2011 (and organizations related to it for wage purposes) when the government imposed, without agreement, lower pay scales for new employees. Disclaimer This document is a summary of the key elements of the Public Service Stability Agreement (ASSA). The agreement itself is more comprehensive and contains more details on some issues than is reflected here. Readers are advised to refer to the final text of the full agreement for more information. The agreement also requires management to work with unions to minimize the use of temporary workers. And it includes guarantees on the use of internships, clinical internships, work experience and work activation measures, which state that there must be an “agreement on protocols” regarding these programmes. A Progressive Agreement The ASP is structured so that low- and middle-income earners receive relatively more than higher-income earners, and it will see 73% of public servants and civil servants by 2020. During the duration of the agreement: – The restoration of wages is gradually being made over the duration of the agreement: although these lower balances (which were worth 10% less at each point of each scale) were removed at the request of the unions as part of the 2013 Haddington Road agreement, the “newcomers” continued to have longer pay scales than their long-term colleagues. , with two pay points lower on each scale. Some grades have also seen the elimination of certain allowances for newcomers. While these two provisions are well behind the reinstatement of overtime introduced for some civil servants under the 2013 Haddington Road agreement, they offer options for employees for whom time is more important than money. They were the best thing that could be achieved through negotiation.
Productivity Measures The PSSA states that the productivity policies set out in the 2013 Lansdowne Road Agreement can continue to apply and be updated to reflect different renewal policies mentioned in the text. In addition, there is a need to introduce performance management systems into parts of the public service where they are not yet available. And it requires parties to discuss more open recruitment “if this is likely to meet organizational needs.” The agreement builds on the considerable level of reform in the public service under the 2010-14 Public Service Agreement and contains a number of other measures needed to support the provision of a more integrated, efficient and effective public service.