Public sector pay talks to switch to issue of pension levy
The public sector pay talks will today switch to the issue of the deeply unpopular pension levy after significant progress was made between Government and union officials.
Sources say the shape of the pay deal could be become clear this evening with the focus turning onto income restoration.
To date, the talks have centred upon the text of an agreement as well as outstanding issues from the Haddington Road Agreement.
Unions are to demand a phasing out of the pension levy, which averages 7.5pc of salaries in the public service.
In a message to members, the Impact Trade union said it "continues to advocate using the pension levy as the main mechanism to achieving a flat rate benefit."
Reports to date have suggested that €250m-€300m will be available for pay restoration but union sources have said this may not be sufficient to meeting their demands.