Union calls for wage gaps to be bridged

The country’s largest public service union will urge members today to back calls for fair and effective wage reform to bridge the gap between the highest and lowest paid workers.

The motion at the Impact conference in Kilkenny is among a raft of new policies being put to delegates as the national pay talks continue.

The union’s central executive will call for fair and effective pay rises as they pressure the Government to ensure inflation does not cancel out any increases.

Members are insisting the union’s negotiators raise the matter during the second round of national pay talks.

Impact’s General Secretary Peter McLoone will address delegates on the talks this morning.

Other issues up for debate at the three-day conference, which opened last night, include decentralisation and health.

Taoiseach Brian Cowen will address delegates tomorrow.

Most of the 55,000 members work in hundreds of public service occupations, grades and professions in health, local government, education, the civil service, and voluntary and community organisations.

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