CPSU: Croke Park deal 'is not going to work'

The Civil Public and Services Union's General Secretary, Eoin Ronayne.

Trade Unions are now mulling over the revised Croke Park Agreement and making up their minds on whether they will accept or reject it.

Selling the revised Croke Park Agreement to union members is not going to be easy, as union leaders decide whether to accept or reject it.

Under the proposed deal, public service pensions will be cut, with former Taoisigh Brian Cowen and Bertie Ahern facing reductions of €7,500 a year.

There is also a clause in the agreement allowing for renegotiation at any stage, despite Minister Brendan Howlin saying that this will be the last ask of public servants.

The Association of Higher Civil and Public Servants became the first union to formally recommend a 'No' vote to its members.

The Civil Public and Services Union's General Secretary, Eoin Ronayne, said they are likely to follow suit and will officially decide tomorrow.

He said the proposed cuts are a step too far.

He said: "The details that we are working through at the moment and we presented to the executive on Thursday would suggest that we made the right decision on Sunday evening.

"There are issues in here that we have grave concerns about and I think the executive, that is going to meet on Thursday, will follow the position adopted by the negotiators, that the deal is not going to work, it is not fair for lower-paid workers.

"We will then decide whether to put this to ballot."

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