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Thread: A Myth of Croke Park

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    Loads of government rhetoric has gone into promotion of the myth that pay increment rises are only for the lower paid within the Public Service. Well todays Sindo apparently disputes that and it has become a matter of shall we say discussion among the government parties but also within FG itself.

    The Sunday Independent today publishes details of a €266m bonanza in pay increases, top ups, on-call and overtime payments including to middle and senior HSE staff, which it previously failed to disclose. Amid deep rancour within the Government over the €26m cuts to respite care allowances, we can disclose that this year the HSE will spend €17.6m alone on incremental pay increases to staff.
    The figures have led a government member of the Public Accounts Committee (PAC), Fine Gael TD Simon Harris, to state yesterday "the poor, the sick and the elderly are now paying for the retention of the Croke Park deal, which is clearly not fit for purpose".
    ? 621 people in the HSE who earn €70,000 or more will this year receive a pay increase of more than €1,000 each.

    ? Worse still, documents obtained by the Sunday Independent show that, in 2012, 221 senior managers and staff who earn more than a €100,000 will be in receipt of 'increments' or length of service pay increases.
    Revealed: €266m top-ups are paid out to HSE staff - National News - Independent.ie
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    Simon Harris apparently took issue with it.

    The matter of the respite care remains a sore point for backbench government TDs and, despite a plea from Taoiseach Enda Kenny to his troops to desist from budget discussion, the matter was raised during Fine Gael's parliamentary party meeting by Mr Harris – much to the displeasure of his leader.

    Speaking to the Sunday Independent, Mr Harris said: "These galling figures dispel the myth that increments are only paid to lower-wage workers.
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    That myth never really existed though did it?

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    Nobody believed it anyway.

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    #SimonHarris#gravytrain.

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    221 senior managers in the HSE. That alone is a scandal.
    I care about all sorts of crap.

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    Quote Originally Posted by LDF View Post
    221 senior managers in the HSE. That alone is a scandal.
    At least it should give the Seanad something to think about when debating the budget. Cut to Child Benefit, Cut Respite Care, Pay rise to almost 900 people earning in excess of €70,000 p.a
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    I wonder how many posts before the 'cavalry' arrive.
    Stand there in silence, look up to the sky and remember how brave they were.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ulster-Lad View Post
    Loads of government rhetoric has gone into promotion of the myth that pay increment rises are only for the lower paid within the Public Service.
    When was that ever suggested?
    Nothing will motivate the lazy / apathetic / Americanised / west-British types to embrace their culture and the Irish language.

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    Quote Originally Posted by cabledude View Post
    I wonder how many posts before the 'cavalry' arrive.
    Bout two minutes it seems, but it's just a lone horseman for the minute
    The true "front line workers" are the private sector paye employees who are first to take the bullet. Cannon fodder for their state and the public sector.

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