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Saturday 3 December 2016

Siptu calls for 'accelerated' restoration of €2bn pay cuts

Anne-Marie Walsh

Published 06/04/2016 | 12:27

SIPTU (Stock photo)
SIPTU (Stock photo)

The country's largest union has called for the "accelerated" restoration of €2bn in pay cuts for all public servants.

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SIPTU Vice-President, Gene Mealy, said all workers who suffered hardship and pay cuts during the economic crisis must now benefit from the fast-tracking of pay rises before the Lansdowne Road deal runs out in 2018.

He said he was responding to the public debate surrounding the future of the Lansdowne Road Agreement and the improvement in the public finances.

The Secretary General of the Department of Public Expenditure, Robert Watt, has ruled out any extra pay rises, aside from the €2,000 being refunding to public servants under the Lansdowne Road deal.

The leader of the Public Service Executive Union, Tom Geraghty, has previously called for an accelerated restoration of the pay and pension levy cuts suffered by state employees during the crisis years.

“All public servants, regardless of grade, category or profession who suffered hardship and contributed significantly during the crisis, must now benefit in any accelerated restoration agreement," said Mr Mealy.

“Those who call for sectoral restoration are failing to take cognisance of the contribution made by all public servants, particularly those on low pay."

He said all discussions on this issue should be dealt with by the parties that negotiated the public sector agreements, including the Lansdowne Road Agreement.`

The head of the Workplace Relations Commission, Kieran Mulvey, has also said the Lansdowne Road deal may have to be revisited.

However, he was commenting that this might take place if it was found that gardai, nurses and teachers could not be recruited because of low pay.

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