Another slap in the face
Published 06/01/2010 | 05:00
THE decision to apply a lower salary cut to grades at the very top of the public service smacks of the sort of back-scratching cronyism that infuriates 'ordinary people' and undermines confidence in the Government to implement essential budgetary provisions.
Put simply, the basic salaries of some of the country's most senior public servants, including senior gardai, HSE officials and local authority managers, have been only slightly reduced because the calculations included a bonus scheme that ended last year, rather than being simply based on salary.
This means that privileged individuals, earning as much as €168,000 and more, will take a smaller cash cut than lower-ranking colleagues.