The Taoiseach Leo Varadkar has confirmed that the Government will not freeze pay increases and other entitlements for nurses at this present time.
However Mr Varadkar also revealed that the decision could change in the future if the nursing strike action continues.
Speaking to RTÉ’s This Week programme, the Taoiseach said it wouldn’t be wise at the present time as it could hamper efforts to resolve the current dispute.
Although he warned that the decision would be reviewed if strike action continues, citing the recent action of secondary school teachers as an example.
Mr Varadkar said: “At a certain point we will have to treat the nurses the same as we treat as a secondary school teachers, otherwise it wouldn’t be fair to treat the secondary school teachers to be treated differently to the nurses but are judgement at the moment is that with drawing the benefits of the agreement would be provocative would be an escalation and might make it more difficult to resolve this”
Secondary school teachers were previously stopped their pay incraases and other entitlements after they were found in breach of the Public Pay Service Agreement.