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Fewer than one third of people support public sector pay cuts

A new opinion poll has also found that the majority of respondents want the government to try to renegotiate the Croke Park pay agreement.

Thousands of frontline public sector workers attend a protest against pay cuts in Dublin earlier this year
Thousands of frontline public sector workers attend a protest against pay cuts in Dublin earlier this year
Image: Laura Hutton/Photocall Ireland

A NEW OPINION poll has found that fewer than one third of people believe that the government should cut pay in the public sector.

The Red C/Sunday Business Post poll found 50 per cent of respondents disagreed with the proposal that the government should cut the pay of public servants, while 30 per cent agreed. 20 per cent of respondents said they did not know.

More than two thirds of people – 68 per cent – supposed the idea that the government should reduce taxes for working people with any potential spare cash. Meanwhile the poll also found that the majority of respondents – 56 per cent – said the government should accept the positions of the unions in the wake of the rejection of the Croke Park pay deal extension and should try to renegotiate the agreement.

The position of the political parties remains broadly unchanged. Fine Gael remains the most popular party at 28 per cent (no change) followed by Fianna Fáil on 25 per cent (a drop of 1 percentage point). Sinn Féin went up 2 points to 16 per cent while Labour fell 2 points to 11 per cent. Independents and others are at 20 per cent.

A random sample of 1,004 adults were interviewed by telephone between March 22 and 24 for the poll, the full results of which will be published in tomorrow’s Sunday Business Post.

Read: No deal on public pay means no protection against job cuts – Kenny >

Read: SIPTU president wants promissory note savings used to avoid public pay cuts >

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