Saturday July 4, 2020

Gap was too wide to bridge

Brian Cowen will reconvene talks at the end of August but the future of centralised pay deals is now in question.

2nd August, 2008

Brian Cowen will reconvene talks at the end of August but the future of centralised pay deals is now in question.

The only point of agreement between government officials, employers’ groups and trade unions when they met at Government Buildings in May was that the most daunting social partnership negotiations for 15 years lay ahead.

This assessment has now proven correct, with the talks collapsing early yesterday morning. It has always been standard practice to...

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