The Public Service Agreement 2010-2014 (“Croke Park Agreement”) between the Government and public service trade unions sets out a series of measures for reducing staff numbers in the public service; for securing significant savings and efficiencies; and, for reforming the public service.
An Implementation Body was established by Government in July 2010 to oversee the progress of the Public Service in meeting the commitments contained in the Agreement. P.J. Fitzpatrick, was appointed as chairman, together with nominees from Public Service Management and the Public Services Committee of ICTU. The Body is supported in its work by a secretariat provided by the Department of Public Expenditure and Reform.
The membership of the Body is:
PJ Fitzpatrick, Chair
Public Service Management
Robert Watt/Deirdre Hanlon, Oonagh Buckley, Paul Reid from the Department of Public Expenditure & Reform.
Public Service Trade Unions
Shay Cody, IMPACT, Tom Geraghty, PSEU, Sheila Nunan, INTO, Patricia King, SIPTU
Sectoral Groups have been established by the Implementation Body to assist employers and trade unions to progress implementation of the Agreement in the education sector; health sector; civil service sector; state agency sector and local government sector. Groups have also been established for the prison sector; the defence sector and for An Gada Síochána.
The Agreement provides for a speedy resolution process. Further information on this process can be seen in the Recommendations
All public service bodies are required to develop Action Plans which set out the tasks, projects and initiatives that they are undertaking under the Agreement. Their Action Plans are available on their individual websites. These Action Plans are then reported on regularly to the Implementation Body. Sectoral Plans and Progress Reports
are available on this website.
The Implementation Body has published two annual reviews to date. The Body estimated that paybill savings of €810m were achieved during the first two years of the Agreement. The Body has also found that the parties to the Agreement have made progress in meeting their commitments in reducing public service staff numbers and the cost of delivering public services, redeploying staff and the reconfiguration of services. There was also an acknowledgement that industrial peace has been maintained across the public service and that the Agreement is an effective enabler for the implementation of reform and change across the public service.
The Implementation Body’s third annual review will cover the 9 month period from end Q1 2012 to end Q4 2012. The review will be undertaken in late 2012/early 2013. As before, this review will assess the level of sustainable savings being achieved under the Agreement and it will also examine the progress being made on implementing the change and reform measures set out in the Action Plans developed in each sector of the public service. On foot of this Review, the Body will publish its Third Annual Progress Report in 2013. The review period will cover 9 months so as to facilitate the transition to a calendar year reporting basis for the fourth annual review.