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PSEU plans wage restitution claim
24 Apr 2014 21:09
Mid-ranking civil servants have insisted that restoration of public service pay after the cuts of recent years should take priority over tax cuts across the broader economy.
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Public Service Executive Union President Brendan Lawless said it would be premature to say the dark days were over, but said it would be equally remiss not to note signs of some life coming back to the economy.
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Addressing the union's annual conference, he said that a disproportionate amount of the burden of adjustment in the public finances had fallen on public servants.
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They were entitled to be "first in the queue" for any restoration, he said.
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He also said the message needed to go out to the political system that tax cuts damage the ability to deliver public services.
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Delegates at the conference voted to seek meaningful negotiations to protect pay and pension rights and conditions of service.
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They want their pay and conditions restored to the position before the Croke Park Agreement was drawn up in 2010.
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They will seek restoration of pay cuts, elimination of the pension levy and a return to their previous shorter working hours.
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Mr Lawless said that the Haddington Road negotiation process had highlighted the fragmented nature of public service union organisation.
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