Proceed with caution now we have pay deal
THE political and economic week which has just passed brought us some signs of hope. First, there was a draft deal on public service pay and conditions worked out between union leaders and government negotiators. Then came news of a small increase in overall employment for the second successive quarter – heralded by some as tentative, early signs of an economic recovery.
Some important public service unions providing frontline services have already signalled that they will oppose the pay deal.
Public Spending Minister Brendan Howlin says unions representing 80pc of public service workers have stayed with the process and he is hopeful that this new Croke Park deal will be ratified by the majority of union members.