Union bosses hopeful of public-sector pay deal today

Union bosses hopeful of public-sector pay deal today

Union bosses say they are hopeful of reaching a deal on public sector pay today.

Negotiations were adjourned in the early hours of this morning due to Government objections.

It is understood public servants are in line to regain around €2,000 by 2017, with the focus on lower-paid workers.

Speaking on his way in to talks Niall Shanahan of IMPACT said he was feeling positive.

"I think it's quite likely we're in the concluding phase (having) started on May 12. We made very significant progress this week and yesterday (in particular). It's largely positive."

Meanwhile, economist Brendan Keenan said the Government was prepared to spend €300m on the deal - and that's money that could be spent elsewhere.

"At today's interest rates, that would allow you to borrow €15bn - you could do a lot of debt relief for people on unsustainable mortgages, and getting affordable childcare. The real question is - why is this (public sector pay rises) first on the list?"

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