SIPTU leader dismisses ESRI ‘mouth piece’

Ireland“SIPTU general president Jack O’Connor has this morning dismissed the Economic and Social Research Institute (ESRI) as an ‘intellectual mouth piece’ for the establishment. The ESRI said today it now expects the Irish economy to shrink by 8.9% in terms of its gross national product (GNP) this year, which is a slightly more modest contraction than it expected at the time of its previous forecast in April. The institute is basing its forecasts on the assumption that public sector pay will be cit by 3 per cent. ESRI economist Alan Barrett said he believed it was better to reduce the public sector pay bill through pay cuts rather than a reduction in staff …” (more)

[Irish Times, 16 July]

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