Thursday 23 March 2017

New pay deal or free-for-all, unions warn Government

Public Expenditure Minister Paschal Donohoe and Finance Minister Michael Noonan Photo: Tony Gavin
Public Expenditure Minister Paschal Donohoe and Finance Minister Michael Noonan Photo: Tony Gavin
Katherine Donnelly

Katherine Donnelly

Unions have warned the Government to open up fresh pay talks or face a free-for-all from public sector workers.

In the wake of the €50m Garda buy-off to stop an unprecedented strike, unions are now demanding a new deal to speed up pay rises.

Public Spending Minister Paschal Donohoe was bluntly told yesterday the Lansdowne Road Agreement is no longer sustainable following the Garda offer. And Social Welfare Minister Leo Varadkar admitted the "context has changed" after the Garda offer worth €3,600 each.

Secondary schools will be closed again today as the ASTI embark on their second strike.

Irish Independent

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