Sinn Féin Public Expenditure and Reform Spokesperson Mary Lou McDonald TD has called on Minister Brendan Howlin TD to use the existing mechanisms within the Croke Park agreement to once and for all tackle excessive pay across the top of the public sector.
Deputy McDonald said:
“Acceptance by Government Ministers over recent days that there are mechanisms within Croke Park to tackle excessive pay across the upper echelons of the public sector is to be welcomed.
“Over the past year Public Expenditure and Reform Minister Brendan Howlin has hid behind the agreement as a justification for standing over runaway pay and pensions for senior civil servants, hospital consultants and special advisors.
“The Government’s refusal thus far to tackle runaway pay and pensions at the top of the public sector has understandably created a frustration for citizens with the agreement. Labour and Fine Gael have a real opportunity now to tackle excessive pay and restore the people’s confidence in the public sector.
“Low and middle income public sector workers have seen their pay significantly reduced over the last number of years. New entrants into the service have been disproportionately hit. These workers see the Croke Park Agreement as their last line of defence against Government cuts.
“Low and middle income public sector workers must be protected but this protection should not prevent Government from finally pursuing the high rollers.”