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Civil and public service expected to get 1.5-3% pay rise

Published 06/01/2008

The country's civil and public service workers are expected to get pay rises of between 1.5-3%.

The benchmarking body which has been studying their pay is due to issue its findings later this week.

The benchmarking body was set up to deliver industrial peace in the public and civil service and eliminate the catch up pay demands of the different sectors such as teachers, Gardai, the army and those in the health service.

Given that public service workers generally enjoy better job security and pensions than those in the private sector the benchmarking body is expected to recommend that their pay increases for the most part be kept to between 1.5-3%.

The government will be hoping that relatively small increases in the public sector will help defuse demands for large private sector pay rises when the national pay talks get underway next month.

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