Oireachtas Joint and Select Committees

Tuesday, 5 February 2019

Joint Oireachtas Committee on Finance, Public Expenditure and Reform, and Taoiseach

 

2:00 pm

Photo of Paul MurphyPaul Murphy (Dublin South West, Solidarity) | Oireachtas source

The Government will not be able to sustain that position. As public support goes from passive to being active on Saturday, the Government will feel the weight of pressure to concede in favour of the workers. Other workers see that these issues are related; I do not see them as unrelated. Other workers also feel they need a pay rise and that their pay is not keeping up with cost-of-living increases, in particular the cost of accommodation. Will the Government not ultimately be forced to make a significant offer and, for example, sit down and talk about pay, which the non-offer of negotiations last night did not even include?

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