Thursday 22 February 2018

Public sector reform is overdue

Although far from being a placard-waving socialist, I was surprised at the Government's decision to cut the minimum wage, given only 2pc of our lowest paid are impacted.

The net effect of this is a drop of something like €40 per week on an already measly gross return of about €360 per week. I say this in the context of the Croke Park Agreement where hundreds of thousands of relatively overpaid and largely underworked citizens will not have their basic salaries touched.

Why is it that we have to pay for reform of the public sector? Why do so-called responsible trade union leaders hold the threat of strike over the rest of us like a sword of Damocles? Why does our Government, as employer, permit this? And were we not promised all of this reform as a quid pro quo to benchmarking? So many questions. . . so few answers!

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