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Union boss defends his €115k pay packet

THE leader of the country's biggest trade union has defended his €115,000 salary after he warned Labour to protect low-paid workers or face the union's wrath.

SIPTU president Jack O'Connor (below) said he recognised that he and others in senior positions in the union were "well paid", but they would be taking "very significant" reductions in their pensions.

"I don't deny that we are well paid but there aren't too may people queuing up to do this job either," he said.

The union leader was speaking after telling SIPTU's conference in Ennis that Labour faced its "litmus test" over legislation to protect vulnerable workers.

Labour leader, Eamon Gilmore is due to address the conference in Ennis tomorrow.