Heavy cuts due in public service jobs as government turns off tap

Substantial cuts in public service staff numbers are inevitable, following a government decision that no extra money will be available to meet pay increases under the new national agreement.

18th October, 2008

Substantial cuts in public service staff numbers are inevitable, following a government decision that no extra money will be available to meet pay increases under the new national agreement.

Government departments have been told that they will have to meet a 3.5 per cent pay increase – due next September for public servants – from their existing allocations. The departments, and the bodies operating under their aegis, will have to meet the costs of the...

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