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Croke Park II - trade unions and workers’ rights in Ireland is tonight’s topic for discussion.
Trade unions have described Government proposals for public service reform as “draconian” and warned the new talks process could break down at a very early stage.
* pay cuts for some grades
* increased working hours
* the elimination of increments
* a reduction in premium and overtime rates
* reforms to supervision and
* substitution payments for teachers.
* They also involve greater flexibility in redeploying staff.
Unions said although compulsory redundancies was not mentioned that Government signalled it wanted provision to offer exit packages to staff who did not opt for redeployment offers.
Separately, Brendan Howlin, Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform is expected to seek Cabinet approval for targeted voluntary redundancy schemes under which:
* 1,500 health staff
* more than 500 in agriculture
* 350 in education
Tonight the panel tease what’s on the table and the likely way forward. Good discussion is expected on tonight’s show …
Croke Park extension demands 'draconian', say unions - The Irish Times - Tue, Jan 15, 2013
Croke Park II - A defining moment has arrived | Irish Examiner
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