Time for action, not more words
Published 30/01/2012 | 05:00
Health Minister James Reilly's questioning of increments marks a further escalation in what looks suspiciously like a Fine Gael campaign to rein in public service pay and conditions.
While criticism of the Croke Park Agreement and increments has up to now been largely confined to backbench TDs of the main government party, the fact that Dr Reilly, who in addition to being a senior cabinet minister is also Fine Gael deputy leader, has now added his voice to such criticisms ratchets up the pressure by several notches.
It can hardly be a coincidence that, with 110,000 workers, the health service is also by far the largest public service employer.