Tuesday 21 February 2017

Lansdowne Road Agreement is dearly departed but nobody wants to admit it

Unions understandably sense blood after the Labour Court forced ministers to break pay deal for gardai

Published 20/11/2016 | 02:30

Micheál Martin. Photo: Tom Burke
Micheál Martin. Photo: Tom Burke

The Lansdowne Road Agreement is dead. It has expired. It is a deceased pay deal. The agreement is bereft of life. It is a former public sector pay deal (with apologies to Monty Python).

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It died two weeks ago, at the same moment the garda associations said they would ballot members on the €50m recommendation from the Labour Court.

The Government knows this, the Opposition knows this and the public sector unions know this. Private sector taxpayers looking on nervously know this. But no one wants to say it publicly.

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