Monday November 30, 2020

Pay showdown looms

Even though trade union leaders have accepted that concessions must be made, the government’s insistence on widespread pay cuts has fostered a particularly hostile atmosphere ahead of this week’s talks, writes Niamh Connolly, Political Correspondent

17th January, 2009

Intensive talks on public sector pay cuts will finally get under way between the government and trade unions this week. Both sides will need to lay out their stalls clearly on pay if the partnership talks are to reach a conclusion by the end of the month - the deadline laid down by Taoiseach Brian Cowen for agreement on a way forward.

Since before Christmas, Cowen has used the coded language of the social partnership...

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