Cowen puts it up to the unions

Union leaders are being challenged to come up with alternatives to pay cuts, but can they produce quick savings of €1.3 billion?

31st October, 2009

To the surprise of many, Taoiseach Brian Cowen last weekend seemed ready to deviate from the government’s prepared script on how to reduce the €500 million-a week budget deficit through public sector pay cuts. In what appeared to be an about-turn, Cowen raised the prospect of some €1.3 billion in savings coming from reforms, as a possible alternative to reducing core pay.

But the proposal was more a curveball than a peace offering....

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