Ok i know nobody wants to accept cuts to their take home. But there's a fair chance it'll be pushed through, there'll be strikes, whatever, but in the end it can be forced through.
There's another way though. This is a highly visible negotiation process. SIPTU and the other unions can demand that whatever reductions the govt makes of public sector workers are matched by reductions in salaries, benefits and pensions to td and ministers. It's a unique opportunity to put the govt on the spot and demand they make the same sacrifices they ask of us.
Can you imagine the president of SIPTU in the media spotlight saying the govt finds it ok to ask us to accept a reduction of eur1bn, when they themselves are unwilling to do anything about their own high salaries, benefits and pensions. It'd be a media field day.
Plus, any money saved in td salaries, benefits and pensions is money that doesnt have to be saved off the back of nurses and gardai.
It's a big ask on the public sector unions, but they're in a unique position to stick it to the man. Lets all ask our friends and collegues in the public service to think of this option, in their interest and the nations interest