The public sector wage talks are heading for third-party facilitation. The impasse between unions and the state continued this week in the Public Service Co-ordinating Bargaining Council after labour rejected the wage freeze that the state announced during the opening round of the talks.

The government cannot afford a pay rise for the country’s 1.3-million public servants, much less the inflation-linked one they are seeking, and unions are vying to outdo each other in getting the best deal to stanch the exodus of members...

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