Sunday 20 April 2014

Talks resume on bid to slash €1bn from public service pay bill

THE Government and unions are back at talks this morning in a bid to cut €1bn from the public service pay bill over three years.

A total of €300m of payroll costs - which make up over a third of all spending - have to be saved this year.

The savings are on top of €3.3bn in savings already earmarked under the Croke Park deal by 2015.

The Croke Park deal protects public servants from further cuts to their pay or pensions, and job losses.

However, the Government has also said that it wants pay reductions “at certain levels”.

It has also tabled proposals, including cuts to allowances, premium pay, and a hike in working hours at the talks in Lansdowne House in Dublin.

Unions will seek more detail on its plans for sections of the public sector, including health, education, and the local authorities.

The 26 public sector unions are due to meet in the afternoon to discuss the proposals and decide if there is potential for a deal.

IMPACT and UNITE have threatened to take industrial action if talks fail and the Government imposes cuts of its choosing.

The talks are due to finish at the end of next month. If a deal is struck, unions will begin balloting ahead of their conference season.

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