Wednesday 25 April 2018

Brendan Howlin warns that Croke Park deal negotiations are over

Fionnan Sheahan

Fionnan Sheahan

Public Spending Minister Brendan Howlin says the negotiations on the Croke Park agreement are over and are not an ongoing process.

Writing in today’s Irish Independent, Mr Howlin also says unions outside the process of ratification by the Irish Congress of Trade Unions public services committee will not benefit from the deal.

And he says there is “no pot of money” available to incentivise workers to accept the agreement.

The minister said he believes this is the last time public servants will take a hit to their income.

“I think I can do so with much greater confidence than those that made the pledge back in 2010 when the first agreement was signed – before the advent of the troika,” he said.

Mr Howlin said since the publication of the Labour Relations Commission proposals there has been a “flurry of comment” on what was agreed at the talks.

“Aspects of this commentary have confused matters.  To some people it must seem that the process of negotiation is ongoing. It is not,” he said.

Mr Howlin said the process is clear.

“What happens now is clear. All unions affiliated to the Public Services Committee of Congress will put the proposals to ballot. Each individual member will have their say on the Agreement.

“If the agreement is accepted by a Congress ballot then it is deemed by us to be accepted by all Congress unions. All its measures will apply to those unions.  However, unions which put themselves outside the process will have the benefits of the process removed from them,” he said.

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