The Public Services Committee of ICTU describe findings of the Croke Park Agreement review as positive and encouraging.
The Public Services Committee (PSC) of the Irish Congress of Trade Unions has described first review of the Croke Park Implementation Body, published by Cabinet on 15th June 2011 as positive and encouraging.
General Secretary of IMPACT Shay Cody is chair of the PSC. He said “The report reflects that the Croke Park agreement, despite the dire predictions of its critics, has achieved in its first year what it set out to do, namely to reduce the cost of delivering public services while at the same time maintaining and, in some cases, improving those services.“This has been achieved in the first year, exceeding projected targets, which means that jobs and pay in the sector are protected from the need to impose any further cuts. There are, of course, challenges ahead for the remaining three years of this agreement. But this is a very positive and encouraging start” he said.
Sheila Nunan, General Secretary of the INTO and vice chair of the PSC added, “This is a very encouraging sign that the agreement can protect jobs and pay. It shows clearly how public servants are delivering vital reforms and at the same time reducing public spending. The report’s findings show that the required savings can be made without recourse to further damaging pay cuts and compulsory redundancies which would have an enormously negative effect on the economy, as past experience has shown.”
Patricia King of SIPTU said that the information contained in the first review of the Implementation Body should give the critics of the agreement pause for thought. “While there has been a chorus of calls to abandon the agreement in favour of further damaging cuts, the evidence today is that the agreement is delivering what it promised for all citizens and for the state. Croke Park has shown that it can and will continue to deliver value.”
Tom Geraghty, General Secretary of the PSEU and secretary of the PSC said, “The report’s emphasis on the importance of industrial peace in helping to rebuild Ireland’s international reputation is important. Over the last year, the agreement has afforded public servants an opportunity to make a very significant contribution to rebuilding that reputation. Despite the uncertainty brought about by other crises, this sustained effort has provided certainty and is a significantly positive achievement at a time when good news is, unfortunately, a rarity.”