Wednesday 18 October 2017

Wooing the public sector vote risks trumping prudence

Fine Gael figures like Health Minister Leo Varadkar, pictured, and Jobs Minister Richard Bruton have issued warnings about the need for increased productivity (Reg Gordon)
Fine Gael figures like Health Minister Leo Varadkar, pictured, and Jobs Minister Richard Bruton have issued warnings about the need for increased productivity (Reg Gordon)
John Downing

John Downing

Tomorrow could see Ireland's first steps back on the road to economic perdition as talks open on a new public service pay regime.

We already know the outcome: the 300,000 public sector workers will get more. The only issues to be sorted are: How much will they get? When it will be paid? And will there be any accompanying conditions about reforms and productivity?

If the opening sentences above seem negative and stingy - it is because they are meant to be exactly that.

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