Sunday 18 February 2018

Once again public sector is off the hook

VAT rise will hit everyone, but the civil servants have 50 per cent more in earnings with which to absorb it, writes James Fitzsimons

THE Government that lives in La-La Land has just created Disneyland for 300,000 public servants. The Croke Park Agreement saves them from redundancy. Now Brendan Howlin's Public Service Reform proposal protects what they have. A job in the public sector is for life. Pensions are not funded, so they add to our tax burden. The report states that we are borrowing €1.25bn a month to keep the country afloat. The long awaited changes won't save the economy. Public servants are calling all the shots.

There are five major reforms at the heart of the agenda. They focus on customer service, innovation in delivering services, reducing costs, changing work practices, and implementation. This should have been done three months into the economic crisis, not three years.

How can the service improve when they are preoccupied preparing meaningless reports that fail to make the necessary reforms? It is proposed to cut 37,500 jobs by 2015. This is 11.72 per cent of the 2008 figures when they were at their peak. Mr Howlin claims the gross public sector pay bill will fall by €2.5bn.

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