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McGuinness Proposes Ministerial Paycut

25 May, 2010 - by Westminster

Sinn Féin Deputy First Minister Martin McGuinness today called on all Ministers in the Executive and those civil servants on the highest paid grades to take a 5% pay cut in the wake of yesterdays statement detailing planned Tory cuts.

Mr McGuinness said:

“The priority of the Executive in the time ahead must be about growing the economy and protecting frontline services from the planned Tory cuts.

We must be seen to take the lead in cutting unnecessary expense in government and cutting back on bureaucracy.

“That means making savings where we can. It must mean moving ahead with the Review of Public Administration and Education Skills Authority. It means trying to press ahead with capital build projects including Long Kesh to help stimulate the local construction industry

 It means Ministers, and I believe the highest grades of the civil servants, leading from the front. I would propose a voluntary 5% pay cut for all Ministers and the leadership of the civil servants.

With regard to Ministers, Sinn Féin will be proposing a 5% pay cut to all Ministers at the Executive meeting on Thursday and we will seek a meeting with the Head of the Civil Service to discuss the issue of the pay of the highest grades of the civil service.

Given the levels of poverty which exist within our community and the reliance on frontline services I believe that this is an entirely reasonable and proper proposition.”

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