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New Finance Committee Chair welcomes decision not to pay senior civil service bonuses

10 August, 2009 - by Jennifer McCann

Sinn Fein MLA and New Chair of the Committee for Finance & Personnel Jennifer McCann has welcomed todays decision by the Minister not to pay bonuses to senior civil servants. 

Ms McCann said:

"The Committee for Finance & Personnel recommended an Independant review of bonuses handed out to senior civil servants here.   It was believed that senior civil servants were already paid large salaries and shouldn't als be recieving these added bonuses. 

"There is no justification for bonuses of this scale - an average of £8,000 each last year being paid to staff working at a senior level in the Civil service including permanent secretaries while the base pay increases for people at the lower grades are not on the same scale.

"I welcome this decision by the Finance minister not to pay bonuses to senior civil servants and I would ask him to ensure that the issue of those civil servants who were unjustly treated by the British Treasury for years through inequalities over pay scales be resolved. Monies owed to these civil servants should be given to them now." ENDS

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