173. Deputy Gerry Adams asked the Minister for Justice and Equality the status of the pay claim which a group (details supplied) lodged in 2017; and when this case will be heard. [22761/19]


Minister for Justice and Equality (Deputy Charles Flanagan): The established IR mechanism for dealing with claims and proposals relating to the conditions of service of civil servants is the Civil Service Conciliation and Arbitration Scheme. This Scheme is administered under the ambit of the Public Service Pay and Pensions Division of the Department of Public Expenditure and Reform. Where it is not possible to reach local agreement on claims relating to pay and/or conditions through a Department's local IR mechanism of Departmental Council, or where the costs of a claim are such that they would require sanction from the Department of Public Expenditure and Reform, such claims are recorded as 'disagreed' and referred to General Council.
The pay claim to which the Deputy refers has been the subject of ongoing discussion at Departmental Council in my Department. Earlier this month, it was formally recorded as 'Disagreed'. It will shortly be referred to General Council for arbitration and a hearing date will be set by that body.