Sharp divisions emerge over pay agreement

Elements within the unions would be happy to strike, but the cabinet is united behind Cowen and Lenihan, writes Pat Leahy, Political Editor

17th April, 2010

It will be the end of May before the unions’ decision on the Croke Park agreement on public sector pay and reform is clear, according to senior trade union officials.

In the intervening weeks, sharp divisions in the trade union movement are likely to be exposed. The pro-agreement moderates will vie with anti agreement hawks in an argument whose resolution is likely to define the unions’ position for the rest of the recession.

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