SIPTU Health members covered by the public service agreement will receive a 1% pay increase, or €500 a year increase in wages, whichever is the greater, from today (Friday, 1st October). The deal was negotiated under Building Momentum, a deal negotiated by SIPTU and other public service unions.
This means that all health workers on lower incomes will receive a significantly larger percentage increase than higher paid staff.
Substantial protective provisions were also copper fastened by Building Momentum and with the uncertainty arising from the pandemic, these measures are needed now more than ever. Overtime rates and twilight shift premiums were also restored while a mechanism has been secured to deal with the additional unpaid hours worked by our members.
A sectoral bargaining fund, initially worth 1% of basic pensionable pay during the lifetime of the agreement, to deal with outstanding adjudications, recommendations, awards and claims has also been established. This part of the agreement is being negotiated by Sectoral Bargaining Units.
We expect this process to begin shortly and any payments arising are due from 1st February 2022. Negotiations for a new public service agreement are set to start around summer 2022.
The next full instalment of this deal, which was overwhelmingly backed by SIPTU members, will see a further 1% adjustment in October 2022.