Unions and Government face a collision course in upcoming negotiations over working hours.
Public-sector workers are to receive an extra one-off payment this year, the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform has confirmed.
Public-sector workers are being told the value of their pensions will have to be considered in pay talks.
The executive of the Garda Representative Association will meet today to decide steps towards implementing a €50m pay deal, after members voted to back it yesterday.
The association representing middle-ranking gardaí says it will not engage with the Public Service Pay Commission.
The Social Democrats have accused the Government of mishandling the public pay crisis.
The Government has been warned that delaying the start of public pay talks is only exacerbating the problem.
Siptu has said the Government will have to commit to accelerated pay talks within a fortnight if a ballot for industrial action is to be avoided.
Siptu has authorised a strike ballot among its members on public service pay.
ICTU has said its representatives will meet with the Government again in two weeks time and will take a collective approach to upcoming pay talks.
The former General Secretary of the Department of Finance has said the Government should be looking at reducing the cost of living, rather than giving pay rises.
A cabinet Minister has warned that major pay increases could be "repeating the mistakes of the past".
Talks to replace the under-fire Lansdowne Road agreement could begin as soon as April as part of the Government’s attempts to prevent growing public sector anger spilling over into widespread strikes.