Wednesday 22 November 2017

Coalition tensions rise on sick pay

The row over whether or not employers should pay for the first four weeks of their employees' sick leave is increasingly coming to look like one that could split the two coalition parties and seriously destabilise the Government.

Ever since Social Protection Minister Joan Burton first revealed her proposals to make employers pay the first four weeks' sick leave, a plan that has met with strong opposition from employers, it has been clear that this was much more than just another minor spat between the two government parties.

Ms Burton, who is under pressure from both the Department of Public Expenditure and the troika to cut the €1bn annual sick leave bill, first wheeled out her proposals in advance of last December's Budget only to see them shot down in flames as a result of fierce resistance from Fine Gael.

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