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Siptu vote supports d1bn pay cut deal

THE Government's €1bn public sector pay-cut plan has further support after another key union gave its backing.

Three-quarters of Siptu members working for the State voted in favour of supporting the Haddington Road agreement.

The deal, the successor to Croke Park, will see public sector pay cuts of €300m this year and €1bn over three years.

Siptu vice-president Patricia King said the next step was about implementing reforms.

"We welcome the result of this ballot which followed a period of consultation and discussions among our members in the public service," Ms King said.


"We now hope that we can move on to implementing the reform process in order to improve the services for those who depend on them while protecting the jobs, terms and conditions of those who provide them," she added.

Siptu workers joins the Irish National Teachers' Organisation in supporting the proposals.

The executives of the Association of Secondary Teachers' of Ireland and the Teachers' Union of Ireland have rejected the Haddington deal.

Unite, which represents about 6,000 people in the public sector, put it to a vote and members refused to support it.