Fórsa, one of the country’s trade unions representing Civil Servants, has said the Government will face demands for bigger pay rises for the country’s 340,000 public servants. Talks on a new wage deal are due to take place in May.

Fórsa said that inflation has overtaken the wage deal negotiated in late 2020 that sees wages increase 3% over 2 years. It has stated that any new deal must reflect the current cost of living.

At its recent annual convention, ASTI members agreed to defer a proposal to ballot for industrial action in relation to pay.  The union, which represents second-level teachers, is looking for substantial wage increases due to the increased cost of living.