Hot on the heels of recent claims by the 10,000 strong Public Service Executive Union, Impact warned yesterday that its 60,000 members would also submit claims if the Government achieves its target of bringing the budget deficit below 3%.
While the economy is showing welcome signs of increasing buoyancy, they will have an uphill task convincing a jaundiced public about the validity of claims from those in copper-fastened jobs while the private sector has lost hundreds of companies and shed thousands of workers.
The obscene rewards for incompetent civil servants at the highest level are another obstacle. Having made a botch of things, costing hard-pressed taxpayers billions of euro, some have walked away with huge golden handshakes and fat pensions. There is no justice in this appalling scenario which, rightly or wrongly, continues to taint the image of the civil service.