TAOISEACH Enda Kenny says the Government wants to see if there can still be a negotiated agreement with the unions to make €300m of public pay savings this year.
The Government has asked the Labour Relations Commission (LRC) to see if a fresh agreement can be struck in the wake of the rejection of the Croke Park deal.
Mr Kenny told the Dail this afternoon ministers want to see if there is a “basis” for a “negotiated agreement on €300m of savings this year”.
Under questioning from Sinn Fein’s Mary Lou McDonald, he said the Government wants to see if there is still “room for negotiation in respect of the decision” of the unions.
The Government insists it still has to make €300m of public pay and pension bill savings in 2013 and €1bn by 2015.
Mr Kenny said they expected to have a response from the LRC within two weeks, and said the initial deal ensured “those who paid and earned the most gave the most”.
He said “87pc of public service workers below €65,000 were not having their core pay or core salaries affected.”
Ms McDonald said the Government is looking for “some face saving or tweaking of the agreement” and said more should be done to tackle “very cosseted upper echelons of the public service”.