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Thursday 17 October 2019

Begg says tweaking Croke Park won't work

Ictu general secretary David Begg
Ictu general secretary David Begg
Fionnan Sheahan

Fionnan Sheahan

THE head of the country's trade union movement has warned of long-term damage if the Government enforces pay cuts on public-sector workers.

Appealing for calm in the impasse over the Croke Park II proposals, Irish Congress of Trade Unions general secretary David Begg said the deal can't just be tweaked.

Labour Relations Commission chief executive Kieran Mulvey is due to report back to the Government next week on the prospect of putting the deal back together.

Mr Begg sent a message to both sides to step back from a potential conflict as he called for reason to be employed.

"I don't think it would be sufficient to tweak Croke Park II because, I mean, you do have to have regard to the fact that there was a very sizeable vote against its provisions and I do think we have to respect that democracy."

The Government threat to impose pay cuts to save €300m still stands if agreement cannot be achieved.

Mr Mulvey is exploring whether it would be possible to reopen talks on the deal to assuage the concerns of some of the unions that rejected it.

Irish Independent

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