Croke Park deal will be met, insists IMPACT
A UNION leader insisted yesterday that the Croke Park Agreement would run its full term, because public servants would continue to deliver the necessary savings.
Jerry King, chairman of the IMPACT Local Government and Education division, told his union's biennial conference that independently audited figures due to be released at the end of this month would show extensive savings in local authority and education budgets. He noted that Environment Minister Phil Hogan had confirmed savings of €160m in local government in the year to the end of March.
IMPACT National Secretary Peter Nolan told delegates that the Government had initiated a review of standardisation of leave entitlements across the public service. He was commenting after recent revelations that some county managers were taking annual leave of more than 40 days, while the average for local government workers was in the region of 25 days.