ICTU to discuss response to pension levy

The Irish Congress of Trade Unions (ICTU) is due to hold a series of meetings this week to discuss its response to the Government's latest public spending cuts.

Last week, the Taoiseach Brian Cowen announced plans to impose a pension levy ranging from 3% to almost 10% on all public servants.

He also scrapped pay rises due under the social partnership process as part of a plan to cut €2bn from public spending this year.

Trade unions say they could not support the measures because the pension levy was too onerous for lower and middle-income public servants.

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