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Editorial: Paschal Donohoe should stand firm on union calls for extraordinary pay hikes

There is a constituency of people in Ireland who are demanding a tougher stance from government in these negotiations

The public sector unions rejected a pay increase of 8.5 per cent proposed by Paschal Donohoe

One of the harshest realities of the financial crash between 2008 and 2011 was the chasm that emerged between the public and private sectors in Ireland.

Economic and Social Research Institute (ESRI) research showed that when the financial crisis hit, public sector workers were on average paid around 20 per cent more than counterparts in the private sector once differences in qualifications were taken on board.

This deliberate disparity, entrenched by way of the controversial ...