Ireland -Negotiations Croke Park II continue after union members refuse the deal -April 27, 2013

After the teachers unions were the first to oppose the new Croke Park deal, 290,000 public sector workers refused the Croke Park II cuts by voting ballot. The agreement collapsed after a majority of 14 public sector unions refused the Croke Park deal, which involved longer working hours, pay cuts for higher paid employees and freezes on increments. The Government has announced it will seek further negotiations and renewed its commitment to find a deal. In the absence of the deal, the Government is expected to seek the wanted budget cuts through compulsory redundancies, which will certainly lead to nationwide protests. Public servants face pay cuts and a permanent freeze on increments if they fail to conclude a deal to reduce the public sector pay bill. They will also lose protection from outsourcing and compulsory redundancy.



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