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# Public Sector

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# croke park 2
TEEU rejects 'Croke Park 2' proposals by two-to-one margin
The union, which represents engineering and electrical workers, is the third to vote against the deal.
# croke park 2
Report finds Croke Park deal could push women out of workforce
The equality audit found that changes to working hours and work sharing arrangements would disproportionately affect female public sector workers.
# Your Say
Poll: Would you support a teachers' strike if Croke Park 2 comes in without consent?
The Teachers’ Union of Ireland is balloting over a strike if its members, who have rejected the deal, are bound by it anyway.
# Pay Cuts
Frontline workers ramp up campaign against Croke Park 2
Gardaí, nurses and firefighters will see their pay cut by between 3 and 11 per cent under the pay deal, says the 24/7 Frontline Services Alliance.
# croke park 2
Union tells government to 'stay the hell away' from voting process
Regional Secratary of UNITE hit out at the government, accusing it of “subverting the democratic process”.
# croke park 2
SIPTU encourages members to accept Croke Park agreement
The union said that the proposals on the table were “the best that could be obtained through negotiation”.
# Croke Park II
Four unions launch joint No campaign to Croke Park 2
The Irish Nurses and Midwives Organisation (INMO), the Irish Medical Organisation (IMO), the Civil Public and Services Union (CPSU) and Unite are joinign in a campaign against the new proposals.
# Explainer
How do workers decide whether Croke Park II is approved?
The working conditions of 292,000 public workers could changed by the new proposals. So what happens now?
# Croke Park II
Impact to meet today as more unions oppose Croke Park II
There is growing opposition to the proposed deal on cuts and reforms to public sector pay and conditions but the support of Impact and Siptu will be crucial for the government.
# the working life
9 office perks we all need: a manifesto
It’s not about public sector vs private sector. It’s about human rights.
# pay agreement
Civil servant union to recommend No vote on Croke Park II
The AHCPS which represents more than 2,700 public sector workers says its members have already taken pay reductions of at least 15 per cent.
# Croke Park II
President won't say if he would take further pay cut under Croke Park II
Michael D Higgins already voluntarily cut his pay by 23.5 per cent to just under €250,000 in 2011 but Áras an Uachtaráin will not say whether he would take a further pay cut.
# Croke Park II
At a glance: What’s in the proposed public pay deal
The Labour Relations Commission has released details of its proposals that unions will now be asked to vote on.
# Public Pay
Government, public service unions reach deal on extending Croke Park
ICTU says the deal reached means better protections for public servants than across-the-board pay cuts.
# Croke Park
New Croke Park deal close to completion
The Minister for Public Expenditure, Brendan Howlin, arrived at the talks in Lansdowne House in Dublin in the past hour.
Column: Croke Park talks show there is no ease up on austerity
Trumpeting their success with the promissory note last week, up against the unions this week. We are not out of the woods yet, not by a long shot, writes Kieran Allen.
# Croke Park
Nurses will "never agree" to Sunday premium cuts
The INMO said it will not be moving the proposals as it returns to talks on the Croke Park Agreement today.
# Croke Park II
Explainer: What’s on the table in the Croke Park talks?
The government is seeking additional savings from the public sector, setting it on a collision course with unions. Here’s what it’s all about…
# Your Say
Poll: Do you think the government will be successful in this round of Croke Park talks?
Most unions are returning to talks today but will the government be able to reach a deal to save €170 million through pay cuts?
# Firefighters
Firefighter union chief says he's been barred from all Dublin fire stations
John Kidd, whose union claims to represent most of the firefighters working in Dublin, says he is barred from entering any fire station in the capital amid disputes with management over cuts to resources.
# garda pay
AGSI demands 'actions not words' from Noonan over garda pay talks
The AGSI has today welcomed comments by the Finance Minister Michael Noonan that there was “nothing categoric” in terms of the €1 billion garda payroll cuts – but says actions and not words are needed.
# Invoices
New system to eliminate half a million public service invoices
The new agreement will target up to €200 million of state expenditure which involves processing the invoices.
Column: Young nurses are right to boycott the new graduate scheme
Young nurses are right to boycott the new nursing graduate scheme, which would further cut pay for new graduates entering the Health Services, writes Patrick Nulty TD.
# Public Service
Government shrugs off EU fears to proceeds with public job cuts
Brendan Howlin today confirmed he was continuing with plans to cut public staff numbers by 9,500 in two years.
# Enda on TV
Public sector pay cuts not ruled out, increments on the table - Taoiseach
In a wide-ranging interview with RTÉ, the Taoiseach also said that he was “not in the business of providing abortion on demand” and said the Anglo promissory note would be restructured.
# Elderly
Older people ‘living in fear’ over reduced garda presence in their communities
Active Retirement Ireland says growing numbers of older people are frightened of criminals acting with “impunity” after cuts to policing presence.
# Cuts
UNITE vows to oppose public sector cuts at talks today
The Government and trade unions are to sit down for discussions today, with cuts expected to be tabled.
# Croke Park
Talks on extending Croke Park Agreement begin today
The Government seeks savings of €1 billion over three years by agreeing on significant changes to working conditions and pay in the public sector.
# Euroleaks
Plans to cut another 9,500 public jobs are 'too costly', says Troika
A leaked European Commission report raises questions over Brendan Howlin’s plans to further downsize the public sector.
# Euroleaks
Troika wants less pay, more hours for public sector workers
A draft Troika report, obtained by, reveals suggestions that the Croke Park Agreement may not go far enough.
# Public Pensions
Howlin activates new 'average earnings' pensions scheme for public workers
Any new entrant to the public sector will have their final pension calculated based on their average wage, not their final salary.
Aaron McKenna: Plight of nurses exposes futility of the Croke Park deal
We’re breaking the hiring freeze to staff our health service – and the new entrants will be taking the pay cuts nobody else wants.
# Croke Park Agreement
Howlin wants to extend Croke Park to 2016 and make extra €1bn savings
The Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform plans to meet with public sector unions next week.
# you told us
Top readers' comments of the week
Here’s our round-up of the funniest, most thought-provoking and interesting comments you lot made this week. Did you make it in?
Column: Public sector increments are like a parallel universe
Imagine asking for a pay rise after your business goes bust. That’s the reality of increments, writes Keith Redmond.
# Ireland Stat
Government launches performance measure website
How is Ireland doing? The Government has launched a pilot performance measurement website Ireland Stat to answer that question.
Column: Despite the critics, the Croke Park Agreement is working
Croke Park is polarising – but it wouldn’t have survived this long if it wasn’t working. Here’s ten reasons that prove it, writes Niall Shanahan.
# Jobs
Over half of JobBridge finishers are in paid employment
However a report also indicated one third of participants who finished placements early said they were dissatisfied with their internship.
# Croke Park Deal
In numbers: How much government spending is protected under Croke Park?
Public pay and pensions can’t be touched under Croke Park. So just how much of public spending does that make up?