Essentials of the Croke Park Agreement

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Torc offers an intensive 1-day training module, providing a full exploration of the Croke Park Agreement – in terms of the conditions & implementation challenges being experienced.

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Module Objectives & Overview

This module will focus on examining the workings of the Public Service Agreement, 2010-2014, also known as the Croke Park Agreement, as agreed in 2010 between the Irish Government and the Irish Congress of Trade Unions (ICTU).

The primary intention is to provide participants with a detailed understanding of the intent and implementation of the agreement, including the various mechanisms, conditions and changes involved.

It will draw on the detailed primary source documents, including both the core agreement itself and on the various associated sectoral agreements, interim progress reports and further updates emerging in Budget announcements and/or Troika (IMF/EU/ECB) progamme reviews, etc.

The emphasis will be on how  the various arrangements that have been agreed nationally, are being implemented on the ground at local level – where the local middle manager or team leader is tasked with finding the solutions most appropriate to the particular local situation. 

Learning Outcomes

  • Understand the various conditions contained in the Croke Park Agreement
  • Appreciate how the Croke Park Agreement is working in the different sectors of the public service.  
  • Draw on a toolkit of conditions & checklists to assist in the implementation of the Croke Park Agreement at local level.
  • Rationalise the needs and means to retain & transfer organizational knowledge and productivity during change, retirements & redeployments
  • Design a skills inventory & training needs analysis to support the merger integration of units or redeployment of staff
  • Establish a mentoring/coaching approach to cross-skill colleagues at local level.

Content & Sequence of Key Elements

Drivers of Current Public Sector Change
• The Croke Park Agreement as ratified by Government & Unions
• The Public Service Reform Plan, Nov. 17th, 2011
• An Bord Snip Nua recommendations in the context of fiscal savings
• The OECD findings with respect to the integration of government
• The Memorandum of Understanding with IMF, EU & ECB, Dec. 16th, 2010

Types of Change Envisaged in the Croke Park Agreement
• Increased flexibility and mobility across whole-of government
• Redeployment of staff within & across sectors as needed
• Rationalisation of functions, bodies, back-offices & premises
• Details of the Croke Park as contained in sectoral agreements
• Pay, pensions, performance verification & dispute resolution mechanisms

Arrangements for Civil Service Redeployment
• Identification of staff and vacancies involved in the redeployment process
• Distance and geographic parameters  used for redeploying staff
• Conditions for the redeployment of staff in Professional & Technical posts
• Redeployment mechanisms between Civil Service & other State Bodies
• Issues arising in cases where volunteers and vacancies are not matching 

Maintaining Productivity during Change 
• Plans & structures to compartmentalise routine, from changing, operations
• Training needs analysis – to ensure redeployed staff skill up early
• Using internal coaches and mentors to support redeployed staff 
• Prioritisation of services & review/removal of non-added value elements
• Proactive measures to prevent drain of knowledge with departing staff

Progress Updates & Case Studies 
• Improved rostering in medical laboratories, prisons & Garda Siochana
• Centralisation of Medical Card and Student Grant administrations
• Rates for buyout of overtime, enabling better rostering
• Standardising redundancy terms for exiting staff across all of government
• Differences relating to personnel status – permanent, fixed-contract, contractor

This course is suited for

Public servants involved in or responsible for facilitating the delivery of the Croke Park Agreement.

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