Tonight, Pat Kenny has a sudio of public and private sector employees to tease out the future for Croke Park II.
Today, discussions got underway on the extension of the Croke Park agreement: Croke Park II.
The Minister for Education Ruairí Quinn said does not want to cut the pay of civil and public servants, but that Government needs to find more savings in the public sector.
Unions and business representatives met with government officials today to begin negotiations on:
* pay increments
* longer working weeks
* pensions all up for discussion.
* Government is also considering compulsory redundancies.
Minister Quinn said savings have to be achieved from less this time round.
"Increments last year and the year before cost between €190m and €250m over the two years," said Seán Murphy of Chambers Ireland . "Sixty-three percent of all civil servants qualify for increments. It's not a small number. “You're not talking about cutting people's pay - you're talking about pausing it for a number of years as we get more wiggle room to deal with the challenges we face as a State."
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