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Briefing: Why it’s all about ‘the number’ at the public sector pay talks

Gamesmanship is in the air as the sides get ready to lock horns

9th May, 2015
Tánaiste Joan Burton and Minister for Public Expenditure Brendan HowlinPhotocall

‘I expect to see many more numbers in the newspapers,” said one senior government figure likely to be closely involved in the forthcoming pay talks with the public sector unions.

The talks begin on Tuesday, and already there has been plenty of pre-match gamesmanship. On Thursday, the Irish Times reported that the coalition was ready to allocate €250-€300 million extra for public sector pay next year, beginning a row-back of the recession-era pay...

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