Subsequently, the rules of the Croke Park Agreement, including Section 1.24 of the agreement (as confirmed in Section 5 of the Haddington Road Agreement) are activated (referring to the LRC/Labour Tribunal). What will be known now and forever (or at least until the end of this piece) under the name CPA is an agreement reached by the government and the Public Services Committee of the Congress of Trade Unions of Ireland (ICTU), as well as by the representative associations of Garda and Defence Forces in June 2010, i.e. by public sector employees. He also proposed postponing wage increases, saying it would save up to 200 million euros a year. The CPA does not explicitly mention the increases, but undertakes not to further reduce officers` pay rates for the duration of the agreement. Politically, labour has a strong sense that the agreement must be respected. While at first glance Fine Gael has committed to the agreement, as evidenced by comments by a senior party official like Varadkar, there is a belief that the agreement may need to be reviewed. At least some members of the high-level coalition party are frustrated by its limitations on civil service reform, since there can be no layoffs or wage cuts. The idea is that, although there is less money and less staff, the level of public sector services is not decreasing and, in some cases, it is hoped that the level of services can be improved.
The priority objective is to reduce the budget deficit to below 3% of gross domestic product by 2014, as was the case with the pre-bailout agreement, which effectively requires a significant reduction in the number of public service employees. The agreement was followed by other measures, including working time, as part of the haddington road agreement. But while there has been a lot of talk about excrement, layoffs and reforms, there are a few who are still a little confused about the agreement. The agreements confirm that it is still permissible for work that «reasonably can be considered small» to be outsourced in accordance with the usual consultation procedures [in accordance with the Information and Hearings Act) of 2006]. Brendan Howlin, who is tasked with ensuring the implementation of the agreement, recently told Le D` Il: «As long as Croke Park and the unions are committed to their side of the agreement, the government will be determined to stick to its side.» That being said, however, the two previous reports have stressed that the agreement is working and is working to a large extent as planned.