A Croke Park deal or no deal?
Sir, – It has been implied in media reportage of the public sector Croke Park II negotiations that all public sector workers are in pensionable, long- term and guaranteed jobs.
This could not be further from the truth. I am 33 years old and I have worked in the public sector for 13 years.
As of writing I am still not in permanent employment (and therefore do not enjoy the access to full allowances or full pensionable rights) although I have a primary degree, a dedicated diploma, an MA and PhD. Mine is not an isolated case within the public sector, as I have found out.
While recognising the dire financial situation of the country and also being cognisant of the necessary recommendations of the Croke Park II proposals, I feel there are many different perspectives within the public sector.
Amid the bureaucracy and number-crunching of the public service there are many people who struggle just above the EU poverty line. It is not as simple as some media outlets report and people should be aware of the sacrifices many in the public sector make while not enjoying the benefits and privileges of some colleagues. – Yours, etc,