Wednesday 29 March 2017

John Downing: It's not ideal, but Croke Park deal has helped level the playing pitch

THE people who do indust-rial relations compose their own jargon like nobody else -- in fact, they make those much-maligned Eurocrats seem positively innocent in the verbiage department.

Few of us can recall that the deal between the Government and the public service unions is actually called 'The Public Service Agreement' 2010-2014. Most people know it, and many private sector people hate it, as the Croke Park Agreement, named after the place this deal was made.

Now, the Government and the unions are walking so carefully that, even before the talking about the expected renewal of the deal starts next year, we are being told it will not be the 'Son of Croke Park'. It will be more like 'Croke Park's Genial First Cousin' -- a harmless enough sort of a character -- in fact those IR jargon mongers are already calling it 'Croke Park 1.5', never 'Croke Park 2'.

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