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.