Scrap Croke Park deal say most leaders
An overwhelming majority of Irish business leaders polled in the Sunday Independent Business Leader Survey 2011 believe that the Croke Park agreement is a hindrance to the nation's economic recovery, with 84 per cent saying that it should be ripped up.
The agreement between the Fianna Fáil-Green coalition and the majority of trade unions, which was agreed in June 2010, promised reforms in both work practices and productivity in return for a commitment to no enforced redundancies.
While there has been a total reduction across the public service of 5,000 people to date, there has been little sign of reform. Brendan Howlin, the new Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform, has been critical of delays in implementing reform by the previous Government.
"It's self-evident that the deal hasn't been driven since it was agreed and it now has to be a priority and we have to see the results."
Sunday Indo Business