Plans to offer up to 10,000 civil servants voluntary redundancy packages costing tens of millions of pounds are deeply flawed, leading academics have warned. Muiris MacCarthaigh, a lecturer in public administration at Queen's University, also said lessons could be learned from the Republic. The approach there included reductions in pay. "There are always choices and there are dangers of running into something like voluntary redundancies without saying, 'what do we want to do, where do we want to reduce numbers, how are we going to manage skills?' "
19 Dec 2014
Voluntary payoffs plan won't solve problems: Warning (Belfast Telegraph)