ENOUGH DELAY, TIME FOR TALKS TO START – SHERLOCK
Labour Party spokesperson on Public Expenditure and Reform, Seán Sherlock TD, has called for the Government to immediately begin talks with public sector trade unions on a successor to the Lansdowne Road Agreement, following the publication of the report of the Public Sector Pay Commission.
“It is clear from the Public Sector Pay Commission report that talks on public sector pay must begin immediately. Issues such as working hours, pay, recruitment, tenure and much more need to be brought to the table.
“For months the Labour Party has called on the Government to move on opening discussions to put in place a longer-term deal, delivering pay restoration, with Lansdowne Road folded into it.
“The Minister has been stalling on this issue, using the Public Pay Commission to kick the can down the road on pay restoration.
“The Government have been sticking their heads in the sand on this issue, and repeating ad nauseum – “the Lansdowne Road Agreement is the only show in town”. Well, that mantra isn’t good enough anymore.
“Now that we have the report, there is no reason for Minister Donoghue to delay these talks any further.”