Noonan promises 'equivalence of approach' with private-sector workers

Noonan promises 'equivalence of approach' with private-sector workers

Minister for Finance Michael Noonan has said that public-sector workers will not be the only sector to benefit from the next Budget.

Public Expenditure Minister Brendan Howlin is beginning talks with unions this week, to discuss the gradual reversal of pay cuts imposed during the economic crisis.

Ministers have warned that they will expect public sector staff to make concessions on issues like productivity, as part of any pay increase.

Speaking in Brussels, the Finance Minister Michael Noonan says private sector workers are also being given concessions.

"We had quite a significant levy on private-sector pensions and in the last budget, I took steps to remove that completely," he said.

"There'll be no levy on private-sector pensions from next year - so if part of the approach is the levy on public service pensions, then there's an equivalence of approach with the private sector having their impositions removed first."

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