Public sector workers get a pay rise but it’ll have to come from existing budgets

John Shimmin, former MHK

John Shimmin, former MHK

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Public sector workers are to get a pay rise.

Those working for the Public Services Commission (PSC) will get 2.2 per cent.

The PCS has been negotiating with union representatives over recent months for them for the year 2016-17.

The PSC and the unions were unable to reach agreement and the matter was referred for independent binding arbitration in accordance with the PSC Arbitration Agreement.

The new rates of pay taking effect from April 1, 2016, so will be backdated.

PSC chairman John Shimmin said: ‘Government offered a 1 per cent pay increase, while the unions sought 4.4 per cent on behalf of their members.

‘Extensive negotiations failed to find an agreement.

‘The independent arbitrator has set the pay award at 2.2 per cent, which amounts to an increase in salary costs of circa £2.95 million.’

He added: ‘Expenditure projections within the Treasury’s Medium Term Financial Strategy are based on any increase in pay costs being capped at 1 per cent.

‘This means that the unbudgeted portion of the current pay award, approximately £1.6 million, will have to be funded by departments from within their existing budgets.’

Although Mr Shimmin has retired from the Keys, he retains his government jobs until the new government is formed and positions filled with the new members of the house.

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