O'Keeffe sees basis for further talks [IrishTimes]

MINISTER FOR Education Batt O'Keeffe yesterday appeared to offer an olive branch to the trade union movement, saying the discussions on reducing the public sector wage bill may have collapsed but much good work had been done which laid the basis for further talks next year.

Mr O'Keeffe said both the Government and union movement were disappointed with the collapse of the talks, but both sides had been close to an agreement.

He said that the work done in the talks would "form an outstanding basis for talks into next year".


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