- Jan 22, 2011
Nicola Cooke, Industry correspondent Sunday Business Post https://twitter.com/nicola_cooke
Colm Keaveney, Lab TD East Galway https://twitter.com/Colm_Keaveney
Jack O‘Connor, Siptu https://twitter.com/SIPTUIreland
Croke Park 2 proposals were comprehensively rejected by public sector workers. Siptu and the Irish National Teachers’ Organisation, voted against and it will not now be ratified. This a big blow for the Government, which needs to secure €300million in savings from the public sector pay bill this year. Siptu President, Jack O'Connor who will be on tonight’s show, warned the Government not to legislate for pay cuts and that people were prepared to respond with industrial action, a view shared by Unite.
Earlier Enda Kenny told the Dáil that the options were limited and the Government would have to carefully consider what to do next. Minister for Public Expenditure, Brendan Howlin, has said that savings of €300M will still have to be made - the arithmetic has not changed as a result of the unions voting down the plans. He also said that there were no soft options left to achieve the necessary savings, and would be explaining the position to Troika officials tonight.
So, where does this leave us? What are the options now open to Government? A good panel tonight should ensure a good discussion on where we could go from here …
Nothing to smile about, Brendan Howlin
Public sector workers reject Croke Park II - RTÉ News
Siptu's O'Connor: Croke Park II is 'dead' - Independent.ie
Croke Park II rejected as SIPTU, INTO, Unite and INMO vote No
Newstalk - SIPTU & INMO reject Croke Park 2 proposals
Noirin Hegarty, Journalist https://twitter.com/noirinhegarty
Larry P. Donnelly, Boston lawyer, NUI Galway https://twitter.com/LarryPDonnelly
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