Tuesday 6 December 2016

Public pay talks are central to our future

Published 11/05/2015 | 02:30

Public Expenditure Minister Brendan Howlin has warned of a successful potential legal challenge to continuing with pay policies that were introduced to meet a financial emergency that, happily, is no longer with us (Damien Eagers)
Public Expenditure Minister Brendan Howlin has warned of a successful potential legal challenge to continuing with pay policies that were introduced to meet a financial emergency that, happily, is no longer with us (Damien Eagers)

Our public service workers deserve a pay rise. After eight years of retrenchment and two - and in some cases three - pay-cuts, the country's 300,000 public sector workers deserve a share in the emerging economic recovery.

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But as public service pay talks start tomorrow, all sides must also take stock of the dangers which lie ahead. We must recall all the factors which dragged us into the mire of recession in the recent past and keep our heads now we are, at long last, facing into more hopeful times.

Public Expenditure Minister Brendan Howlin has warned of a potential legal challenge to continuing with pay policies that were introduced to meet a financial emergency that, happily, is no longer with us.

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