Pay talks go down to the wire

For Brendan Howlin, it is the most delicate balancing act of his career; for the unions, it is a question of what they would gain by going to war, writes Pat Leahy.

18th May, 2013
Brendan Howlin, Minister for Public Expenditure. Photo: Tony O'Shea

The negotiations between the government and the public sector trade unions ultimately hinge on questions of Labour's political will and the unions' assessment of the potential costs and benefits of an industrial relations struggle.

The talks are continuing today at the Labour Relations Commission (LRC) when nurses' and midwives' representatives and several other unions are scheduled to meet the LRC officials. The teachers' unions are in tomorrow. *The Sunday Business Post* understands that LRC chief...

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