Friday 22 September 2017

Progress on public sector pay 'in days'

Labour Party leader Brendan Howlin, who negotiated the Lansdowne deal, said the Government had 'no public pay strategy'. Photo: Gareth Chaney Collins
Labour Party leader Brendan Howlin, who negotiated the Lansdowne deal, said the Government had 'no public pay strategy'. Photo: Gareth Chaney Collins
Kevin Doyle

Kevin Doyle

Movement on public sector pay talks is expected in the coming days, it has emerged.

The Government position that the Lansdowne Road Agreement must be adhered to remains unchanged. But a spokesman said he expected statements on the issue before the next meeting of the Irish Congress of Trade Union's public sector committee on December 1.

Public Expenditure Minister Paschal Donohoe and his officials met privately with several union bosses in recent weeks to look into their demands.

It is understood that groundwork is being laid for some form of talks on the successor to the Lansdowne Road Agreement, which is due to run until September 2018.

A demand by Siptu boss Jack O'Connor for the Government to set a date earlier this month was largely ignored by the Department of Public Expenditure.

However, sources said that moves were taking place behind the scenes to keep the unions on side and avoid further industrial unrest.

However, Labour Party leader Brendan Howlin, who negotiated the Lansdowne deal, said the Government had "no public pay strategy".

He said the Cabinet had refused to consider several Labour Party proposals including the establishment of an employer-labour conference or even using the National Economic and Social Council to study the issue.

Irish Independent

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