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Fine Gael TD Eoghan Murphy outside Leinster House

Fine Gael TD Eoghan Murphy outside Leinster House

Fine Gael TD Eoghan Murphy outside Leinster House

There has been much talk of privatising Irish Water. But if Irish Water more closely resembled a real private firm in the age of its staff, management size and its degree of unionisation, it might be a lot less unpopular.

As the latest CSO data on earnings show, differences in trade union power, staff age and workforce composition help to explain a huge gap between public and private sector pay: average private sector weekly earnings now stand at €605 compared with public sector earnings of €905.


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