Ireland - Union critical about repeal of law cutting pay - June 30, 2016

One of the largest public sector unions has warned that the complete repeal of the legislation which cut the pay and pensions of State employees during the recession would see high earners gain substantially more than their lower-paid colleagues. In a blog post to the union membership, Impact’s head of communication said a complete reversal of the Financial Emergency Measures in the Public Interest Act (Fempi) would give a worker on €30,000 a total gain of less than €450 a year, while someone earning €125,000 would stand to gain almost €20,000. The union calls this a regressive outcome and believes that deals have to be negotiated, which deliver continuing improved living standards for those on low and middle incomes, with a fair and balanced unwinding of Fempi for all over time. Because, as the recovery strengthens the country needs to return to normal industrial relations where pay is set by agreement, not legislation.

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