by Joe Higgins, Socialist Party MEP
The economic establishment wants to turn Irish workers into the “coolies” of Western Europe – low paid, working long hours and in general at the beck and call of their masters.
This has also been the thrust of the propaganda campaign against public sector workers in certain media for a period of years. This propaganda suggests that the public sector is heavily overstaffed and that public sector workers are massively overpaid. The true facts are conveniently ignored.
In 2008, the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) published a report on the Irish public sector which gives the lie to the propaganda claims. The Report states, “As compared with other OECD countries, 2005 data indicate that general employment in Ireland…is relatively low among OECD countries and is significantly less that the level of public employment in Norway, Sweden, France, Finland and Belgium.” Again the Report states, “Government policy therefore has actually decreased the total number of public sector employees as a percentage of the labour force and decreased the overall public sector wage bill as a percentage of GDP.” Again, “The public sector workforce, excluding commercial state sponsored bodies, is relatively low compared with other OECD countries, and significantly less that the level of public employment in Norway, Sweden, France, Finland and Belgium.” So much then for the “bloated public sector”, a phrase much loved by right wing economic journalists.
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