The first step in unwinding the Emergency Leglislation that under-pinned pay-cuts across the Public Service at the height of the financial crisis was taken yesterday by the Government. Minister for Public Expenditure & Reform, Brendan Howlin, secured Cabinet agreement to delete a key section of the Financial Emergency Measures in the Public Interest Act 2009 (FEMPI). The section being abolished gave the Government as an employer the right to cut core pay and adjust working hours in order to secure savings in the over-all pay bill.
The sad new for Retired Members is—- the other element of the FEMPI leglislation which includes Pay-Cuts and Pension Levy will continue to remain in force for the present.
The Alliance of Retired Public Servants who recently held a Regional Meeting in Limerick, will continue with pressure to ensure the Pension Levy is brought to an end.
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