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Nurses & teachers strike new wage deal.

Byline: SARAH BARDON

NURSES and teachers yesterday won major concessions as unions and the Government finally struck a deal on Croke Park II.

Three weeks after it was first rejected, the two parties signed off on a revised package which will be put to public sector workers.

The deal will see teachers who were to lose their vital supervision and substitution payments get the [euro]1,700 back within five years.

In the health sector, nurses would have to work a longer week of 39 hours (up from 37.5) but would retain double time for Sundays.

The deal provides for graduate nurses to start working on 85% of current pay in year one, 90% in year two and 100% in year three.

Irish Nurses and Midwives Organisation boss Liam Doran said: "The main concessions we won are double time and premium pay."

Public Expenditure Minister Brendan Howlin said: "Public servants have given a huge amount on the path of recovery. This is a significant further ask, make no bones about that and I understand that."

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Publication:The Mirror (London, England)
Date:May 22, 2013
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