Croke Park II is the best deal in a bad situation

No one is saying it is perfect, but savings have to be made, and this deal is the fairest for all public sector workers, writes Brendan Howlin.

17th March, 2013
'I am firmly wedded to a cooperative industrial relations process in the public service'.

The discussions and debate about the revised Croke Park agreement are well under way as individual unions take their position on the agreement. It is an undoubted dilemma for public servants to grapple with. The agreement is a complex one, reflecting the diversity of the public service itself.

Those supporting ratification of the agreement are doing so reluctantly. Understandably so. This is not a deal to sell with fervour. It is the best available in...

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