Coalition to avoid cuts in public pay - National News - Independent.ie
Why is the Troika not putting as much pressure on Ireland as it is on Greece and Portugal? If it did insist on further cuts to salaries, the Government would have a get-out clause with regard to explaining the situation to the unions by saying, "Sorry folks, but we have to cut the cost of the payroll much further". Surely, in that case even many die-hard trade unionists would accepet that industrial action would achieve nothing."Everybody is happy, Croke Park is working well and we are achieving the reforms and the savings required. So certainly our mantra, when we meet the Troika, is the Croke Park deal is working," one senior government source said yesterday.
"It is not a case of industrial peace at all costs, but certainly we are keen not to cut pay if we can avoid it," the source added.