LOL, is the best words I can find to describe this.
Brendan Howlin wants to extend the Croke Park Agreement on public service pay and reform to 2016 and make an additional €1 billion in savings.
Amazing and shocking and the best part is he only wants to find another billion!
Why 2016, Just to get you over the next election?
Howlin wants to extend Croke Park to 2016 and make extraPUBLIC EXPENDITURE AND Reform Minister Brendan Howlin has said that he wants to extend the Croke Park Agreement on public service pay and reform to 2016 and make an additional €1 billion in savings.
The Minister was speaking ahead of planned meetings with public sector unions next week in a bid to make further savings through measures that would include staff in the public service working longer hours for the same pay.
Other issues likely to be raised by government are increments and whether or not they should be incorporated into core pay and premium pay rates with Howlin suggesting that there be no additional pay for Saturday working.
On Newstalk’s Breakfast programme he said that “Croke Park is delivering, it’s just not enough” but he insisted that the agreement had so far delivered all that it had set out to deliver, saying that the target of €3.5 billion in net savings by 2015 is still on track.
“Since the pay bill is 35 per cent of current expenditure, that’s where we’re looking,” he told the programme saying: “What I envisage is a three year further deal that will deal with all outstanding issues.”