Monday 20 February 2017

Eoghan Harris: Crisis of political authority is crippling us

Published 12/12/2010 | 05:00

Last week, listening to the Budget discussion on Newstalk's Coleman at Large I heard the presenter make a major mistake. He said average weekly public-sector pay was 47 per cent above that of private-sector pay. Mentally, I pardoned Marc with the old proverb: even Homer nods.

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But Marc Coleman had made no mistake. The latest CSO figures confirm that, based on hourly earnings, average public-sector pay is 47 per cent above private-sector pay. And even public servants must see that this is not fair.

Not fair that following the Budget, private-sector workers, most without pensions, all without job security, while paid 47 per cent less, are forced to fund the salaries, pensions, concession days and other perks of the permanent State sector -- which includes the nationalised bank staff, who now have their snouts in the public-sector trough.

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