Saturday June 6, 2020

Sitting pretty in the semi-states

A *Sunday Business Post* survey reveals that many of the sector's employees enjoyed pay rises despite the economic downturn.

31st August, 2014
Union members outside Heuston Station during the National Bus and Rail Union strike last week. Last year, wages at Irish Rail rose by 3.4 per cent. Picture: Photocall

Workers in commercial semi-state companies have enjoyed much greater financial security throughout the economic downturn than many public or private sector workers.

Average gross pay at ten semi-state companies increased by 5.1 per cent since 2009, excluding large pension entitlements, according to a survey of pay in the sector carried out by *The Sunday Business Post*.

These increases came over a period when the average industrial wage fell almost 9 per cent. Many public sector workers took...

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