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New pay deal must deliver for entire country
Blow to reform as out-sourcing curtailed
Book now: Ibec President's Dinner 2015
Ibec Global Graduates programme to help SMEs
Photo gallery: Ibec's regional series
Radical pensions reform on the cards
UK EU debate kicks off after Tory victory
Vital Junior Cert reform finally gets green light
Ambitious new innovation strategy required
Gender diversity a solution, not a problem
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Dear member

As the economy recovers, public sector pay is back on the agenda.

In addition to pay increases over the next two years, the new Lansdowne Road Agreement aims to ensure an ongoing commitment to change and reform. However, new restrictions on out-sourcing are at odds with this ambition. In this edition we look at the merits of the pay deal, and specifically at the problems that such restrictions will cause.

For years Ibec has led the campaign to reform the Junior Cert; finally we have an agreement. We look back on the history of this torturous process, along with plans to reform pensions and put in place a new national innovation strategy.

I hope you find the newsletter interesting and informative. We're always keen to hear your views so get in touch with any comments to editor@ibec.ie

All the best

Danny McCoy
CEO

New pay deal must deliver for entire country
 
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Last week the government and the public sector unions agreed a new pay deal, which will extend the terms of the Haddington Road deal for another two years.
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Blow to reform as out-sourcing curtailed
by Aidan Sweeney, Public Sector and Regulatory Policy
 
In addition to pay rises, the new public sector pay agreement will also restrict important public service reform. Outsourcing will be severely curtailed, along with further attempts to improve services to meet the needs of citizens and businesses alike.
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Book now: Ibec President's Dinner 2015
 
Join us for this year's annual Ibec President's Dinner, Ireland’s most high profile business networking event, on Thursday 17 September at the RDS.
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Ibec Global Graduates programme to help SMEs
 
We have just launched 'Ibec Global Graduates'. The programme builds on the hugely successful Export Orientation Programme, which has placed 2,000 graduates all over the world.
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Photo gallery: Ibec's regional series
 
Last month Ibec took to the road to tour the country in our regional seminar series. The series visited six locations, Kilkenny, Sligo, Cork, Limerick, Galway and Dublin.
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Radical pensions reform on the cards
 
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A universal supplementary pension aims to address lack of pension coverage, but would involve significant labour and administrative costs for employers. Only around 40% of private sector workers currently have a funded pension plan.
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UK EU debate kicks off after Tory victory
 
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The debate on UK EU membership has gathered fresh momentum following the re-election of the British Conservative Government. It is vital that Irish interests protected in any new deal for Britain in Europe

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Vital Junior Cert reform finally gets green light
by Tony Donohoe, Education and Social Policy
 
After years of campaigning, we have finally passed a new milestone with agreement reached between government and the unions on how to proceed with junior cycle reform.
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Ambitious new innovation strategy required
 
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Our understanding of R&D has moved beyond the traditional 'white coat' approach, it's time that this was fully reflected in an ambitious national strategy for science, technology and innovation.

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Gender diversity a solution, not a problem
 
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Ibec and the Department of Justice and Equality brought together over 200 senior executives, CEO’s and policy makers to identify new and better ways to promote gender-balanced leadership.
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