O’Neill urges movement on public sector pay
Sinn Féin Leader in the North Michelle O’Neill has urged the Head of the Civil Service to make provision for public sector pay increases.
Michelle O’Neill said:
"I recently told David Sterling that recent budget allocations allowed for the long overdue 1% pay increase for health care workers as a step in the right direction of recognising the invaluable contribution of public service workers.
"This money should be paid to the workers without delay and in my opinion it would be in the public interest to do so.
"I also asked the Head of the Civil Service to explore what options are available to make provision for a pay increase across the public sector.
"All public sector workers provide such a vital service and deserve to be paid accordingly.
"The biggest asset we have in public services is the workforce and we need to invest in them.
"Sinn Féin will continue to oppose the Tory/DUP austerity agenda, to call for the cap on public service pay to be scrapped and to press for a fair deal for all public sector workers.”