10. If there are savings made in our service will that money be returned to us or pooled for the whole public service?My understanding is that all savings are pooled for consideration centrally.11. Based on your responses you will hardly be recommending Acceptance.No. However it is not my call. This will be a matter for Annual Conference.12. What would rejection mean?I don’t think anyone really knows. Rejection would be unprecedented. Some Officials have sought to frighten members with the prospect of more overt industrial action. This of course could happen. However, Rejection would also have implications for Government. I do not think the Public Service Unions should be frightened of the prospect of rejection. We deal with challenges every day. This would just be another problem. In some ways I would prefer the Managers trying to impose cuts than the Union’s volunteering for them. It is also the case that the promise of no further pay cuts is conditional on acceptance.13. What would acceptance mean?For me the worst aspect of acceptance would be the green light we would be flashing for the ‘cutback merchants’ in the HSE. We would be endorsing all of the worst cuts the HSE is trying to impose. Everyone has experience of inappropriate, clumsy cuts in their own service that don’t appear to be founded in common sense. Will it be open season for further cuts of this nature?14. Have you any final advice for the Members?Every member should read the complete documents and make up their own mindEND.
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