This is not about who earns what or who deserves more, just an idea I had that may be practical or just nonsense.
An employer (our government) has a cash flow problem, one advantage they have is they are in charge of all the laws, legislation etc
Why not reduce the public sector pay bill by only paying the nett figure?
In my limited experience nobody really cares how much the gross figure is, a job paying €50,000 P.A. means nothing because the employee may see €35,000 after tax, prsi, universal charges etc etc.
Obviously I am not knowledgeable about how much is stopped at each pay grade (level), what I do know is that people are sick of looking at pay slips that show multiple stoppages, we will leave out the new taxes because they don't count for this exercise.
We need to see two figures, the total gross pay and the nett (the amount people are really paid), subtract one from the other and we have the true cost of the Government pay roll.
I'm guessing but I expect paying the nett figure would be a major relief on cash flow because the way the system appears to operate does not make much sense when everyone knows the employee will never see the gross figure.
We had a system where Government Ministers received a luxury car and drivers with the job, as part of a B.S. exercise the cars were removed and the Ministers get expenses for the car and drivers.
What was never explained is the cars cost the Govt. less than half the retail price because the Govt. received the VRT, VAT etc.
Another thing that was never disclosed is the cars sold for more than half the retail price when they were deemed to be at end of life.
So when sold (most) Ministers cars actually made a nett profit for the State and that was after they had provided the full service required.
Are there many fairly simple ways for the Govt. to actually save money?