Wednesday 20 September 2017

Where political parties stand on public sector wage restoration

Public Expenditure Minister Paschal Donohoe Photo: Douglas O'Connor
Public Expenditure Minister Paschal Donohoe Photo: Douglas O'Connor
Kevin Doyle

Kevin Doyle

The majority of public service unions are not the only ones bound together by the Lansdowne Road Agreement - so too are Fine Gael, Fianna Fáil and the Independent Alliance.

During the talks which led to Fianna Fáil underpinning the minority Government last May, a clause was put in their 'confidence and supply' deal which stated that both parties would "recognise full implementation of the Lansdowne Road Agreement in accordance with the timelines agreed".

The Programme for Partnership Government has a very similarly worded section to ensure there would be no wavering on the part of the Alliance. And so far both sides have held firm. While Public Expenditure Minister Paschal Donohoe (inset) has been forceful in his view that Lansdowne is "the only game in town", Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin has been relatively low-key on the issue.

Sinn Féin's Mary Lou McDonald has criticised the Government for sticking to the same mantra around the Lansdowne Road Agreement on pay restoration.

The Labour Party has been the most outspoken, with Brendan Howlin, who negotiated the Lansdowne Road Agreement, calling for talks on its successor to start immediately.

The AAA/PBP have said the Government should commit to equal pay for newly recruited teachers and their senior counterparts.

Irish Independent

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