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Issue of equal pay for civil servants must be resolved

28 September, 2009 - by Maeve McLaughlin

Sinn Féin Equality spokesperson Martina Anderson has today reiterated Sinn Féin’s position that the issue of equal pay for civil servants must be addressed and resolved by the Minister for Finance without any further delay.


Speaking today Ms Anderson said;


“This issue was previously debated in the Assembly in June of this year, it called on this matter to be resolved urgently; here we are 4 months later and no closer to an outcome.


Sinn Féin supported the resolution of this issue then and we support it now.


The reality is that there has been and remains an under representation of particular groups at certain levels of the civil service. Women and Catholics are underrepresented at the higher grade level, while young protestant men are under represented at the lower grade levels.

It is estimated that almost 13,000 civil servants, mostly women and Catholics, are entitled to receive payments due to them not being paid equal wages.

There is a clear onus on Government and employers to speed up the pace of change and ensure that women get the same money as men for doing equal work.


Essentially, it is time for Sammy Wilson to get the finger out and act to resolve this issue as soon as possible for the many people who are affected.” CRÍOCH

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