Tuesday 6 December 2016

The public sector has done its bit

Published 01/09/2010 | 05:00

FOR Dick Keane (Letters, August 28) to equate the billions poured into the black hole known as Anglo Irish Bank with the wages earned by public sector workers shows a shocking level of ignorance.

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Our public service workers have contributed massively to the reduction of our national debt. A combination of multiple pay cuts, suspension of national agreements and unfilled positions has seen the public service pay bill drop by almost €4bn.

It is now clear that the Government's deflationary strategy of cutting wages and slashing public spending has failed and that without an investment-led approach, we face a future of low growth, huge debt and high unemployment.

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