Wednesday 7 December 2016

Pay talks should be fair and equal

Published 31/05/2015 | 02:30

Sir - Niall Shanahan of IMPACT stated in last week's Sunday Independent that it made perfect sense to unwind the emergency legislation (Fempi) that cut Public Sector pay during the so-called financial crisis, with a number of other contributors to your Letters Page also defending this move.

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However, I feel that this is a highly biased view about an extremely divisive move by the Government. There is no doubt that the public sector have taken their share of pain since 2008, although I find it ludicrous that Simon Donagh feels public servants were singled out.

What about the hundreds of thousands who lost their jobs in the private sector, those who were put on three day weeks, those who took huge pay cuts and probably worst of all, those who were forced to emigrate?

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