Impact welcomes Govt stance on public sector pay

The Impact trade union says it is good that the Government is looking at improving people's standard of living.

It is reacting to comments made by the Minister for Public Expenditure Brendan Howlin at the weekend in which he said some public sector pay cuts could be reversed.

Spokesman Bernard Harbor also pointed out that when the Haddington Road Agreement on pay conditions was put together, they reserved the position that "pay recovery" could be looked at if the economy improved before the deal expires in 2016.

He has welcomed the fact that the Government could be on the same page as unions.

He said: "I don't think we are looking at pay increases today or tomorrow for people in the public service, but I think it is significant.

"It is very welcome that the Government now appears to be on the same territory as we are in terms of saying 'let's talk about improving people's standards of living rather than keep tightening their belts'."

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