PUBLIC sector workers will not be targeted for further pay cuts in the forthcoming budget.
Finance Minister Brian Lenihan has told the Irish Congress of Trade Unions that the Government "intends to comply" with the terms of the Croke Park agreement on public sector pay and pensions.
Under the deal, ratified earlier this year, public servants are guaranteed no further pay cuts and no compulsory redundancies up to 2014 provided they co-operate with reforms of the public service that would produce savings.
Speculation had increased in recent days that the Government would seek to revisit or renege on the deal because the hole in the public finances had worsened since it was agreed.
But Mr Lenihan ruled out this possibility in a private meeting with ICTU officials on Monday, details of which emerged last night.
So it looks like the axe wil fall on private sector workers and those on welfare, with public service and the elites escaping.
Lets not forget who works in the public sector.
The Government, TD`s, Senators, Judges etc.
What a fair society we have.