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SIPTU members vote for Haddington Road Agreement

Backing from the country’s largest union should secure ratification of the new public sector reform deal.

Ballot box and hand
Ballot box and hand
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THE PUBLIC SECTOR members of the country’s largest union, SIPTU, have voted in favour of the revised public sector pay agreement.

The union had voted against Croke Park II earlier this year, effectively killing off that pay deal.

This vote in favour, by a margin of 76 per cent to 24 per cent, of the new agreement should clear the way for the Government to implent the savings under the Haddington Road agreement.

Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform Brendan Howlin has previously said that the new agreement could save the country €1 billion by 2015, with €300 million of that saving coming this year.

Reacting to the vote, SIPTU vice-president Patricia King said that the result meant that the country can now begin reforming the public sector.

“We welcome the result of this ballot which followed a period of consultation and discussions among our members in the public service.

We now hope that we can move on to implementing the reform process in order to improve the services for those who depend on them while protecting the jobs, terms and conditions of those who provide them.

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