“That’s particularly worrying as many of those agencies and research institutes are already cut to the bone and operating on the smell of an oily rag.”
Union officials had met with the Finance Minister and made their views clear that these cuts were not only unnecessary but would have a damaging effect, Fitzsimons said.
Meanwhile, the PSA was continuing to work with its members and government agencies to see where efficiencies could be made without job losses.
“But the reality is the savings that have been asked for are going to cut deep and we’re going to be monitoring any job losses and the impact on services.”
Contrary to claims of a blow-out in the number of state employees, the growth of the public sector in the last few years was in line with population growth and comparable to that of other countries, she added.