Cowen hints at further public-sector pay cuts

The Taoiseach Brian Cowen has again hinted that the Government is planning further cuts in public-sector pay in this December's budget.

The Fianna Fail-Green Party coalition has already imposed pension levies ranging from 3% to almost 10% on all public-sector employees who earn more than €15,000-a-year.

Mr Cowen has hinted on several occasions that further pay cuts are being planned.

Speaking in Tullamore today, he said public-sector pay and pensions amounted to "a third of our total exchequer commitment at the moment" and would have to be considered as part of the upcoming budget.


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