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Haddington Road Agreement

Published: 31 May 2013
From: Department of Public Expenditure and Reform

The Public Service Stability Agreement 2013-2016 ('Haddington Road Agreement’) provided for a series of reforms in relation to the work hours, rostering, redeployment and performance management of public servants.

The Haddington Road Agreement was agreed by Government and trade unions representing public servants in May 2013 in the context of a requirement to reduce the public service pay and pensions bill by €1 billion. Implementation resulted in progress on workforce restructuring, flexible working, work-sharing, productivity and cost extraction between 2013 and 2015. in different sectors of the public service.

The Haddington Road Agreement introduced increment freezes, changes to overtime and flexi arrangements and provided for a longer working week without compensation. The length of the working week increased to a minimum 37 hours for those working 35 hours or less, and those between 35 and 39 hours, to 39 hours.

The Agreement built on the measures set out in the Croke Park Agreement, which began the process of delivering an increasingly integrated and more productive Public Service, with greater standardisation of employment conditions within and across the Public Service.

The Financial Emergency Measures in the Public Interest Act (FEMPI Act) of 2013 gave legal effect to key provisions of the Haddington Road Agreement. The FEMPI Act 2013 also applied a further pay reduction to public servants earning annual salaries of €65,000 or more and a reduction in public service pensions over €32,500.

An associated FAQ document is available here: Haddington Road Agreement FAQs

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