The UNITE trade union has withdrawn from talks with Government over public sector cuts which it believes have been politically driven from the outset.
“We have never been presented with an economic case for the proposed cuts,” said UNITE Regional Secretary Jimmy Kelly.
“Our belief is that the scale of the cuts proposed would be hardest felt by those on low salaries that cannot afford to give more; and that they will add thousands to the number of unemployed and those forced to emigrate.
“By the Government’s own estimate there will be 32,000 fewer in work than it had forecast. It now feels it right to go after public sector workers to foot the bill for a chronic failure to tackle the jobs crisis. Having failed to get an answer on the economic basis for the proposals, UNITE feels that it owes it to its members in the public service, and to the country to withdraw from what has been nothing more than a political facade.
“We are pleased to stand alongside the other trade unions who are walking away from this political choreograph, We will prepare with our members to resist legislation to bring about cuts that will damage Ireland in so many ways.”