Unions warned emergency bill will cut premium pay rates

The government is warning frontline trade unions that any emergency bill drafted to secure €1 billion in savings under a new Croke Park agreement will legislate to cut premium pay.

24th February, 2013
Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform Brendan Howlin

The government is warning frontline trade unions that any emergency bill drafted to secure €1 billion in savings under a new Croke Park agreement will specifically legislate to cut premium pay, as well as weekend and shift allowances.

The warning came amid growing concerns that frontline unions were stalling the Croke Park talks process because they were "banking" on legislation providing only for a flat rate cut, as was the case with the last Financial...

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