International Women’s Day 2017

MEDIA RELEASE

CPSU CALLS FOR POST LRA TALKS TO PRIORITISE LOWER PAID IN EFFORT TO CLOSE GENDER PAY GAP

The largest union in Central Administration in the Irish Public Service, the Civil Public & Services Union (CPSU) has called for the forthcoming post Lansdowne Road Agreement talks to prioritise pay improvements for lower paid public servants in order to help close the Gender Pay Gap. Marking International Women’s Day the union, whose members are predominantly female said flat rate pay increases benefited lower paid workers most and in the public service as in the wider workforce those workers are mainly women.

CPSU General Secretary said over the years of austerity women workers had fared proportionally worse than their male colleagues with 7.8% losing their jobs compared to 3.7% for men. The unpaid additional 2 ¼ working hours imposed under the Haddington Road Agreement on civil servants had particular impact on those with childcare responsibilities again primarily women workers.

Mr Ronayne said that although strides had been made over the years on ensuring equal pay in the Public Service there were still obstacles to equality of opportunity for women workers. “ The austerity years have rolled back some of the positive progress on work – life balance in the civil service” he said and he warned “if we are serious as a nation about equality for workers the public service must lead the way restoring and going beyond what has been achieved previously”.

The CPSU continues to pursue a significant equality case in An Garda Siochana which is currently before the Labour Court having been referred back from the High Court following a ruling of the European Court of Justice.

The Gender Pay Gap in the EU is an average of 17.5%.

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Further information and comment: Eoin Ronayne 087 2520603