Sunday 22 April 2018

Public service pay - why the piper must always call the tune

'Performance and pay should always be linked'
'Performance and pay should always be linked'

Gerard O'Regan

For those whose pay and pensions are funded by the taxpayer, the story of mothers, fathers and their dead babies in Portlaoise Hospital provides a kind of salutary tale for our times.

And there is a kind of irony that the new round of national pay talks got under way only a few days after a report made us all stop and think, who is really responsible even when it comes to matters of life and death in our hospitals?

For surely the failure in Portlaoise was in its truest sense a failure in public service.

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