Public sector pay on talks agenda

Ireland“Talks between the Department of Finance and public sector unions are to be held today on Government proposals to reduce the public sector pay bill by €1.3 billion next year. Separately, public sector unions are also to meet today to consider a proposal put forward by the Impact trade union for a one-day national public sector strike on November 24th in protest against any further cuts in pay for the 300,000-plus staff on the State payroll. Reductions in the public sector pay bill will not necessarily involve cuts in pay. There have been a number of signals from the Government in recent days on how these proposed savings could be generated …” (more)

[Seán MacConnell and Martin Wall, Irish Times, 28 October]

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