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Workers Have Spoken

66 percent of public sector workers voting on the Croke Park 2 proposals rejected the deal.  Of the 20 unions participating in the ballot, 14 rejected the deal and 5 accepted (we don’t have information on the vote from Veterinary … Continue reading

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UNITE Will Not Accept Croke Park 2 if Members Reject It

UNITE has written to ICTU’s Public Services Committee stating that in the event of UNITE members rejecting Croke Park 2, the union will not be bound by a majority decision of the Committee to accept the proposals. You can read … Continue reading

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Croke Park 2’s Attack on Women and Family Life

The unions opposed to Croke Park 2 have launched an Equality Audit of the proposals.  It focuses on the impact of changes in working conditions  – issues which have not received as much attention as the pay-cut elements of Croke … Continue reading

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What is the Government Thinking? Is it Thinking?

It is difficult at times to understand what the Government is at.  The weekend papers were full of analysis showing why growth was essential, if only to avoid another banking crisis (the IMF has warned of a €16 billion black … Continue reading

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An Alternative to a Chilling Threat

There was something chilling in Minister Ruari Quinn’s comments after the TUI conference: ‘The economic gap, the financial gap in Brendan Howlin’s figures will not disappear because of a vote that rejects the proposals that have come out of the … Continue reading

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The War on Wages Spreads to Social Protection Payments

Francis Byrne of OPEN made an excellent point in a tweet regarding the previous post on the war on wages: ‘Which will also of course inevitably provide a rationale for reducing weekly SW (social welfare) payments.’ This is a crucial … Continue reading

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The War on Wages

It is now clear that a systematic attack on wages is currently underway.  This attack stretches across the private and public sectors, aimed at both low and higher income groups.  It is nothing less than an attempt to re-order the … Continue reading

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Commentary in Service to Austerity

Over at Public Policy.ie there is an ‘assessment’ of Croke Park 2 (thanks to Tomboktu for pointing this out).  This type of assessment highlights all the problems with debate over policies and just serves up more of the ‘there is … Continue reading

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How the Cuts Will Affect You (or the Story of Burden Sharing)

The 24/7 Frontline Alliance commissioned an actuarial report on the impact of the pay cuts on different grades of public sector workers.  The headline figures have been circulating in public.  Here is the summary. These are examples of different occupations … Continue reading

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What the Latest Economic Figures Tell Us about Croke Park 2

It is interesting that the big news of yesterday made so little news.  The CSO revealed that the economy fell back into recession in the latter half of 2012 but you will have to look hard to find much reporting … Continue reading

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