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Reform is a code word for low pay

Emphasis on reductions in pay levels in the public sector might be hiding the real issues.

I am thinking about FAS, the National Treasury Management Agency, the Moriarty Tribunal, and so on.

Any serious reform of the public sector must start at the top. A culture of extreme personal gain at any cost to taxpayers has revealed itself among senior managers. Professional integrity, honesty and common decency mean nothing.

In the recent pay cuts introduced on January 1, the burden fell completely on the lower grades. If reform is simply a coded word for lower pay, then further attempts to implement positive changes are pointless.

Genuine reforms require honest, caring managers committed to the interests of the general public.

Brian Patrick McArdle

Irish Independent