Unions representing public servants are meeting to consider the Taoiseach's call for an acceleration of the Croke Park Agreement reform process.

Enda Kenny yesterday warned that the Government would not be able to meet its 2013 spending targets without significant further cuts in the State pay bill.

SIPTU's vice president Patricia King said ICTU's public services committee would view very seriously his comments about the need for "a big strong energy" in all sectors on developing the reform programme.

Ms King said there was no one who did not understand that there was a serious situation to be dealt with.

She said there were always going to be pockets that did not run as efficiently as others and the Taoiseach wanted all groups to move equally quickly.

Prison Officers' Association General Secretary John Clinton categorically ruled out prison officers working extra hours for no extra pay.

No decision is expected from the meeting of the public services committee.