|Croke Park, Dublin. |
A former public servant who is now a banker has called for 30,000 voluntary
redundancies in the public sector, which, he said, would save €2bn a year
Willie Slattery, who worked in the Central Bank for 22 years and now
heads the Irish branch of US bank State Street International,
which has 2,500 employed at Dublin's offshore centre, the IFSC,
told a conference that any savings from the Croke Park Agreement
should go to address the Exchequer deficit, instead of reversing
"The commitments given in the CPA are not capable of being met,"he said earlier this month. "In addition, under the CPA, the €20bn annual
payroll bill for public servants can't be slashed until 2014, when our current
deficit also stands at €20bn. And spending on the banking sector has also
increased significantly since the agreement".
Willie Slattery was a member of the public spending review group commonly
known as Bord Snip, which was under the chairmanship of UCD economist Colm
The Croke Park Agreement guarantees there will be no compulsory
redundancies or further pay cuts over the next four years in
exchange for extensive reform of the public service.
provides for the reimbursement of pay cuts to public servants
from the savings made from those reforms.
Minister of State for Public Service Transformation Dara Calleary said the implementation body charged with overseeing the reforms had
met four times since it was set up in June, while every
department must submit its proposed changes by next week.
Minister said no pay cuts would be reimbursed until savings had
been made from reforms.
Calleary said that the redeployment of staff
across the public service is vital to ensuring the improved delivery of
services. He said it is true to say that there are areas in the public service
which need improved staff resourcing while at the same time there are areas
where the needs are less pressing. It is important to address these imbalances
and redeployment will go some way to doing this.
He said there is a need to break down the unnecessary distinctions between
different types of public servants, through legislation if necessary, and
through the use of much more flexible redeployment. The initiation of the senior
public service will promote a shared approach across the leadership
of the public service to the pursuit of Government priorities.
General Secretary of the IMPACT trade union Shay Cody said it was
imperative that management put forward substantial and
meaningful proposals on the implementation of the deal.
said morale among public servants had taken a battering and
added that the great danger was inertia setting-in, with
pressure then mounting on public service workers about their pay
rates in the future.