Ireland - Unions dispute government claims about pay cuts - January 4, 2010

The IMPACT public services union has criticized the government for pushing ahead with plans for pay cuts in the public sector on the basis of claims that this was a trend in the private sector. However, a survey by consultants Mercer found only 9% of companies cutting pay while the majority of private employers looking to reduce salary costs implemented pay freezes or used other methods such as unpaid leave. Likewise, most recently Irish National Teachers' Organisation (INTO) general secretary Sheila Nunan said the 17% drop in average take-home pay for its 35,000 members in 2009 was far higher than cuts for private sector workers.



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