Gilmore welcomes deal
Eamon Gilmore, Labour Party leader, said the draft agreement could significantly reform the public sector and lead to much-improved services.
He welcomed reports that state employees earning less than €35,000 would be given priority for the reversal of pay cuts.
"The climate for agreement has not been helped by the continued demonisation by some of decent hard-working public servants, many of whom were on low pay, even before the cuts of the past year," the Labour leader said.
"Despite this I hope that the draft agreement will now be considered by trade union members in a calm and rational way, taking into consideration all factors, including the need for public sector reform, the state of the national finances, the level of unemployment and conditions in the private sector."