SIPTU urge members to accept proposed Croke Park II cuts14/03/2013 - 17:34:53
The country's biggest trade union SIPTU is to recommend that its members accept the revised Croke Park Agreement.
SIPTU's National Executive met in Dublin this afternoon to decide whether to support or reject the deal.
The government says it will achieve savings of €1bn from the public sector pay bill, but several smaller unions want their members to vote no.
General president of SIPTU Jack O'Connor says the deal isn't perfect, but his members are better off with the protection of the agreement than being on the outside of the deal.
"The best strategy open to our members and for every public service worker, is to keep the centralised Croke Park agreement, not withstanding there are aspects of it which are very unpalatable indeed," O'Connor said.
"It is better to keep the agreement and the protections that are in it to keep everyone together for a better day and recover lost ground."
Meanwhile, frontline workers say the new Croke Park deal could see them lose as much as 11.5% from their pay packets.
Nurses are the ones who will be hit most by the proposals according to the report from the 24/7 Frontline Alliance.
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