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Budget designed to drive wages down – Ferris

9 December, 2009 - by Martin Ferris TD

Sinn Féin spokesperson on Workers Rights Martin Ferris TD has slammed the cuts to pay of workers on low and average incomes. Ferris said that the move was just the start of a concerted attempt to drive down wages in the public and private sector.

Deputy Ferris said:

“While it was expected, the reduction in the pay of public sector workers on low and average incomes will create a financial shock for many families who are barely getting by. Those earning less than €30,000 a year cannot afford a cut in their pay and after this budget many will not be able to pay utility bills and mortgage repayments.

“Many costs of living have gone up – bus fares, child care, doctors fees have all gone up while those on higher incomes seen a higher percentage cut in their income they could have made a much greater contribution. Sinn Féin’s proposal to cap pay in the civil service at €100, 000 should have been acted on.

“It was clear from Minister Lenihan’s speech that this government is determined to use these cuts as a stepping stone to pushing down wages in the private sector. The Minister says wages are too high – the reality is that for many people wages are too low yet he wants to increase the number of working poor. Sinn Féin will oppose any attempt to cut the minimum wage or undermine existing rates of pay in individuals sectors.” ENDS

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