There will be a general strike in the Irish Republic next Tuesday across the whole public sector. This is in response to proposed savage cuts in the budget next month and proposals even going as far as reducing the minimum wage and old age pension. The Irish unions are also discussing a further strike in December. The budget proposals in Ireland mirror in some ways the proposals which a Conservative government would be likely to implement in the UK. The EU has also announced that they have given Ireland until 2014 to cut its budget deficit.