Saturday 18 November 2017

Brendan Keenan: Public pay plan passes cruelty check

WHO will stand on either hand, and keep the bridge with me? The plea of the old Roman hero came to mind when several respected colleagues in the commenting game began to complain about the "unfairness" of new schoolteachers earning perhaps 30pc less than established ones.

It is an odd business, to be sure. But as the economists (and commentator) Colm McCarthy said on a different matter: there is no shortage of compassion, only a shortage of cash.

A big shortage of cash. The plight of new teachers and other new entrants to the public service cannot be separated from the Croker arguments about cuts to existing public sector pay. Yet already, it is being separated.

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