Compulsory redundancies not part of Croke Park deal

The Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform has confirmed that compulsory redundancies are not part of the proposed deal on an extension to the Croke Park agreement.

The document was agreed with some public sector unions yesterday and will be published in full today.

The Cabinet is being briefed on the document this morning while trade unions will also begin the process of consulting their members on the proposals.

They include pay cuts for those earning over 65,000 euro as well as cuts to premium pay.

There were concerns that compulsory redundancies were included in the deal in areas where redeployment is not an option.

But speaking on his way into his Department this morning, Minister Howlin said this is not the case and he had this message for public sector workers.

"If you consider this, swallow hard - I know it's not easy - and vote for this, we'll not be coming back again ans we can plan our recovery over the next 3 years" he said.

"Hopefully the next time we sit down to discuss pay and conditions with the public servants, it'll be on the basis of a recovered economy; and we can talk about improvements in pay and conditions - that's our objective" he added.