The recent reports on benchmarking and higher remuneration in the public sector have raised basic issues about equity and fairness.
First, the benchmarking body used a 12 per cent provision when assessing the value of pensions, while the higher remuneration body used 15 per cent. These averages have greatly distorted assessments.
For example, the percentage applicable to a lowly-paid clerical officer would be very different to that for a garda who can retire at 50 on full...
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