Daniel McConnell: Unions need to grab hold of new deal in interests of whole country
Croke Park II is flawed but it can get us back on the road to recovery.
THE new Croke Park deal is far from perfect. Driven by a need to meet a cash savings figure of €1bn, it is a document too light on reform and simply doesn't contain the necessary tools to tackle the legacy problems of inefficiency, dead wood and incompetence that has blighted our public service for too many years.
It doesn't go far enough in tackling excessive pay at the top of the public service – which remains, frankly, at ludicrous levels.
It also provides certainty to 290,000 State employees about their salaries and pensions, and while they are being asked to contribute more, they will not be touched again until 2016. Who in the private sector has such guarantees?