Saturday 16 December 2017

Brendan Howlin: No conspiracy, just a fair deal that workers can now vote on

Public Expenditure Minister Brendan Howlin
Public Expenditure Minister Brendan Howlin

THE conclusion of the talks between public service management and unions on the successor to the Croke Park Agreement ended what was an extensive six- week process. The outcome is a difficult one for public service workers but I think it is clear that every effort was made, given the complexities of the public service, to craft a package that was broadly fair to all concerned.

Since the publication of the LRC (Labour Relations Commission) proposals there has been a flurry of comment on what was agreed at the talks. Aspects of this commentary have confused matters. To some people it must seem that the process of negotiation is ongoing. It is not.

The fact is that this agreement:

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