Current Issue, 15th May 2013
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Lead News Items
Intensive efforts by LRC chief executive Kieran Mulvey and his team were continuing this week in a bid to secure agreement in principle from as many public service unions as possible, in order to meet the Government’s target of €300m in payroll savings this year.
Doran sets INMO on pragmatic course, but work to be done
Just days after their annual delegate conference in Letterkenny, at which they unanimously passed a motion to ballot for industrial action in the event the Government imposed pay cuts, the nursing and midwives union, INMO, would appear to have made a significant breakthrough in talks with Kieran Mulvey at the LRC on a revised Croke Park Two agreement.
Why did the Government not get Mulvey involved from the start?
Given the extent of the breakthrough already achieved by Kieran Mulvey in securing a bargained outcome on €1 billion worth of public service payroll savings, why was the Labour Relations Commission chief executive and his team not asked to head up efforts to secure a deal from the very start?
Sectoral wage setting laid low by Supreme Court ruling
The striking out of all Registered Employment Agreements by the Supreme Court is likely to lead to a gradual fall in construction and electrical wage rates, and may force yet more new legislation to preserve sectoral wage-setting as a practice.