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Impact: We want more pay... as long as the economy can handle it

The public service union will only seek increased pay if the government reaches deficit targets.

Image: Laura Hutton/Photocall Ireland

A TRADE UNION has set its sight on pay increases as long as the government reaches its deficit targets.

Impact boss Shay Cody yesterday called the economic recovery “slow and fragile”, but will peruse “pay and income restoration” as long as the government’s deficit is brought below 3 per cent of GDP.

However, he stressed that this would only be sought if they “believe that the Exchequer could cope”, adding that they believe it will in 2015.

Restoring frozen increments in community and voluntary sector has also been set as a target.

Speaking at the public service union’s annual conference yesterday, Cody said that employment “must remain a top priority across the union movement”.

He said that although the situation hasn’t improved for most people, unions were now “moving from the necessary and difficult defensive position of the last half-decade to a strategy of income recovery”.

New collective beginning proposals introduced by government earlier this week were welcomed by Impact as “long overdue”, and said they would strength the position of unions when companies refuse to engage in negations relating to pay and conditions.

The union also announced that cabin crew staff at Aer Lingus will be carrying out a 24-hour work stoppage at the hight of the holiday season in a long-running row over rostering.

Read: What exactly is collective bargaining? A precise legal definition is on the way >

More: Aer Lingus cabin crew are going on strike at the start of the June bank holiday weekend >

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