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11th-hour breakthrough in Croke Park II pay deal?

THERE were signs of a breakthrough in the last-ditch talks between unions and employer representatives on sticking points in the Croke Park II deal.

Chief executive of the Labour Relations Commission, Kieran Mulvey, met unions and management in the health and civil service sectors, as well as the Garda representative bodies yesterday.

Talks have been taking place to see if a negotiated settlement can be reached in the row over the public service pay agreement.

The attempt to break the deadlock over the €300m savings needed in the public sector this year appeared to have yielded some progress last night.



Under the Croke Park II proposals, workers earning between €65,000 and €100,000 would have experienced pay cuts of at least 5.5pc.

In addition, they also stood to have a three-year increment freeze.

However, arising from the ongoing talks, there has been some movement on these issues.

Under the new arrangements, workers would have an increment after 18 months, and then a second increment after 18 months – normally it would be after every 12 months.

It has also been agreed that the pay lost between 2013 and 2015 will be restored in two halves in 2017 and 2018.

Almost a month ago, public service unions rejected the Croke Park II proposals.