The Croke Park Agreement is an agreement between the Irish Government and various public sector unions. It is named after Croke Park, a large sporting arena with conference facilities in Dublin, where negotiations took place.
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The 2010 budget imposed pay cuts of 5% to 10% on public sector workers. There were a few days of strikes
The agreement (formal title The Public Service Agreement 2010-2014) was signed on 6 June 2010 by ICTU. Against a background of layoffs and pay cuts in the private sector, the government agreed not to impose public sector layoffs or further public sector pay cuts.
In return the public sector unions agreed to call no industrial action, and to cooperate on wide scale reforms of the public sector aimed at increasing efficiency, flexibility and redeployment and at reducing cost and headcount.
According to the Implementation Body, as of March 2012 headcount has been reduced by 28,000 and the annual pay bill has been reduced by €3.1bn. Over 7,000 public servants have been redeployed.