Union Will Resist Moves To Cut Allowances

The CPSU, the union representing civil service workers, has warned that any move by Government to reduce allowances currently paid to staff will inevitably lead to a confrontation.

In an address to the opening day of the CPSU annual conference in Cork, the union’s general secretary Eoin Ronayne said its members had already endured a 14 per cent cut in pay and that further cuts "may well be the straw that breaks the camel's back".

Ronayne said the decision by the Department of Public Expenditure and Reform to move the pay arrangements for CPSU members, most of whom currently receive their salary on a weekly basis, to a monthly cycle had "struck fear and panic” into the minds of many.

"Try living on €400 a week and then go four weeks without pay,” he said.


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