Wednesday 22 February 2017

Pay is rising in the private sector, so it’s time that public service salaries follow suit

Brendan Howlin

Published 12/05/2015 | 02:30

The last time there were pay talks which promised a pay increase for public servants was in September 2008
The last time there were pay talks which promised a pay increase for public servants was in September 2008

The last time there were pay talks which promised a pay increase for public servants was in September 2008.

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It has been a long seven years since then.

That pay increase was based on a false premise, namely that the State could afford it. It was cancelled by the Fianna Fáil government less than six months later. After that followed multiple pay cuts, pension cuts and substantial falls in the numbers working in the public service. The latest research indicates that the public service pay premium has all but disappeared.

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