In the Irish Republic, you can see how the State is tackling austerity;
Public Sector workers have received more than €1.2bn in incremental pay increases since Ireland‘s worst-ever recession began in 2007, despite the dire state of the public finances. Figures from the Department of Finance show that although the country has had to borrow roughly €20bn a year to run the State since 2008, length-of-service pay increases have continued across all departments, agencies and organisations in the public sector. Staff are still seeing their gross salaries increase because the Government is allowing them to receive increased pay purely on the basis of time served.
This “incriminality” which characterises the State sector is the road to hell. No one should expect anything on the basis of time served, but rather on success achieved.