International led commission should decide on appropriate pay structures.
Unions’ excessive influence on Government partner must be thwarted.
Opportunity missed to separate politicians from public sector pay decisions.
At the announcement of the establishment of the Public Service Pay Commission, (Tuesday 19th July), ISME, the Irish Small & Medium Enterprises Association, voiced its disappointment at the ‘watering down’ of the Commission to an advisory body. The Association called on Minister Donohoe to reconsider the formation of the commission to include an independent international chairman and to give the body its independence.
According to ISME, CEO, Mark Fielding, “ISME has already called on the Government to introduce a Pay Commission, chaired by an international expert, toadjudicate on the level of remuneration in the public sector. The introduction of such a commission would allow pay-setting to be removed from the political arena and adjudicated on fairly and transparently, taking into account the international comparisons”.
The Association called for:
An independent international led commission to review public sector wages, conditions, perks and increments.
The CSO and the ESRI to produce indisputable comparisons between public and private sectors in Ireland and between Ireland and its international comparators.
Improved efficiencies within the public sector to bring it to world class status.
“The Minister’s assertion that Government must retain the ability to negotiate with its state employees just reminds us of Benchmark One and Two, which helped cripple the country. The temptation of political interference in public sector pay-setting must be removed. This can be achieved by the introduction of an independent international led commission”, concluded Fielding.