Friday May 29, 2020

Eddie Molloy: Public servants cannot expect pay restoration when so many others have lost their incomes

The ICTU boss’s demands that public sector workers must get their October pay increase are unrealistic

24th May, 2020
Patricia King of the Irish Congress of Trade Unions: pressing for pay restoration Picture: Fergal Phillips

The opening salvo of Fine Gael’s 2020 general election campaign included a promise by Taoiseach Leo Varadkar to increase the pay of public servants faster than the rise in the cost of living and, before you could blink, trade union voices were out making their demands.

One of the most important roles of government is to manage expectations, but now that Varadkar has made the comments it is unlikely he will be able to...

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