To: lettersed Subject: Pay Statistics IBEC's call for public service pension reform contains a number of figures and statistics. I do hope they have checked them more carefully than some of their previous press releases, which point out the problem that "Some 40% of short-term absence occur around the weekend", without realising that two of five or 40% of work days are around the weekend. I did look at their claim that 51% of the tax revenue will be spent on the public paybill. I checked the figures, and the projected paybill does seem to be about half of the projected tax take. However, giving an exact figure of 51% must be an indication of IBEC's great confidence in the Government's projections. David.