Saturday 19 October 2019

Government to begin talks with public sector unions about reversing pay cuts

Brendan Howlin
Brendan Howlin
Philip Ryan

Philip Ryan

PUBLIC Expenditure Minister Brendan Howlin has officially been given Government permission to begin talks with public sector unions about reversing public sector pay cuts.

Addressing the Dail in his ‘Spring Economic Statement’ speech, Mr Howlin said he would begin unwinding emergency legislation that imposed pay cuts but would not “jeopardise the public finances”.

He said he would not discuss his plans for reversing those cuts in the Dail today.

However, Mr Howlin said he was proud of how the public service responded to additional workloads and productivity changes during the recession

“As well as being more efficient and productive, the new public service must be more responsive to the needs of service users and more strategic, focussing on longer-term outcomes,” he said.

“This will involve harnessing the potential of digitalisation and data.  It will also involve the use of alternative models of service delivery to better meet the needs of users,” he added.

He noted that the Government hired 1,000 nurses and 300 gardai since last year, and plans to hire another 250 gardai this year.

He said the Coalition is hiring 920 mainstream teachers, 480 resource teachers and 365 special needs assistants.

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