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Public sector pay talks continue through the night


Public sector pay talks involving unions, staff associations and the Government have continued through the night at the Workplace Relations Commission (WRC).

Both sides were invited to the WRC yesterday to give an update on their positions.

The talks began at 11am yesterday morning and have continued into the early hours of this morning.

The last round of pay talks was adjourned without agreement in the early hours of 11 January.

The Government had offered a pay increase of around 8.5% over two-and-a-half years but unions had sought increases worth around 12.5%.

Minister for Public Expenditure Paschal Donohoe described the pay offer as very fair and very significant.

He said the pay increase package is worth €2.9 billion and that the lowest paid public sector workers would see their pay increase by 12% during the period of the agreement.

Unions said the proposals were not credible as they failed to recognise that there had been a shortfall in pay against inflation in the previous pay agreement.

Public sector trade unions have finalised the wording of industrial action ballots and have warned of possible strike action unless there is an improved pay offer from the Government.


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