The renewed attempt to cut some allowances to public sector workers has been met with swift opposition, with trade unions claiming that some allowances now constitute core pay and would be in breach of the Croke Park agreement.
Responding to a question by Willie O’Dea TD regarding the planned procedure for implementing the proposals, Gilmore said that “individual departments would pursue elimination of allowances” and would be done in accordance with industrial relation procedures.
Gilmore added that “cuts of €3.1 billion” had already been secured by the government.
Public Expenditure Minister Brendan Howlin has announced intentions to target 88 allowances for serving personnel, including:
- A €2,000 island inducement allowance paid to nurses working on islands off the Irish coast
- A €3,500 Gaeltacht allowances to nurses stationed in Irish speaking areas
- Medical training allowances for consultants, worth €3,000 a year
- Allowances paid to ambulance staff