Social Partnership talks resume

Talks between the social partners on a national recovery plan have formally resumed at Government Buildings in Dublin.

It is the latest round of talks between unions, employers and the Government and comes ahead of Tuesday's emergency Budget.

Almost two weeks ago, the Irish Congress of Trade Unions decided to call off a planned day of national strike after being invited back into social partnership talks on an economic recovery plan.

ICTU said it will be stressing the importance of its ten-point plan which will ensure the burden of the economic recovery is shared fairly.

The employers' body IBEC, meanwhile, is insisting that workers must accept a lengthy pay freeze as part of any potential deal.

The main issues on today's agenda include the rising unemployment rate, pensions and pay.

A Government spokesperson said the Taoiseach is not involved in today's talks.

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