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Dearbhail McDonald: Empire state of mind rubs salt in wounds for private workers

Published 22/03/2011 | 08:47

THERE we are: on our knees in Brussels; begging for mercy, promising that we will cut our cloth and change our feckless ways.

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Then comes a ruling that seems to say that the abolition of archaic privilege days for civil servants is not worth the bad feeling it would cause among well-paid senior civil servants with stellar pension benefits.

At first glance, the ruling by the Civil Service Arbitration Board (CSAB) -- convened from time to time to settle public service agreement disputes -- seems bizarre, if not obscene.

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