Coronavirus could spell end of new public sector pay deal
State’s Covid-19 spending commitment would wipe out €3bn surplus forecast this year
The new public sector pay deal could be the first big casualty of the coronavirus crisis.
The cabinet has decided to allocate €3 billion to the expected extra cost of dealing with Covid-19, with €2.4 billion in welfare payments for workers who have to self-isolate, €200 million for businesses that run short of cash and €435 million for funding for the HSE.
That will wipe out the €3 billion surplus that had been forecast this...
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