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Labour shows its true colours with plan to sack thousands of public sector workers and further tax low income earners

3 December, 2010 - by Pearse Doherty TD

Sinn Féin Finance Spokesperson Pearse Doherty has said the Labour Party’s pre-budget submission, published today, buys into the same deflationary approach of both Fianna Fáil and Fine Gael that targets those least able to pay.

Speaking today Deputy Doherty said:

“Labour, in their pre-Budget submission, have shown their true colours.

“Laying off public sector workers is on the Labour agenda for 2011. As opposed to redeployment and a root and branch examination of the entire public sector, they intend to sack thousands of public sector workers next year. Eamon Gilmore should clarify exactly how many public sector workers he intends to lay off if in Government after the next election.

“At a time when people are making the decision on whether to feed thier childen or pay the mortgage, the Labour proposals do not begin to close the gap between high and low-earners.

“Instead it proposes to reduce personal tax credits by €250. This is a tax on low earners by the back door. It leaves people with less disposable income and will inevitably target low income earners hardest.

“At a time when the CEO of a semi-state body is earning the annual income of someone on social welfare in just one week, Labour proposes a menial cap on all public sector and political salaries at €190,000. This is not burden sharing.

“Sinn Féin would cap ministerial salaries at €100,000, TDs’ salaries at €75,000, and senators’ salaries at €60,000 while the maximum salary of public servants would be €100,000.

“The reduction of €1.2 billion in capital expenditure next year that labour proposes will not just ensure that vital projects such as schools and roads don’t see the light of day but will also ensure that those with the skills to build them will languish on the dole.

“This submission is worryingly vague on issues like the EU/IMF loan and for laying out a growth plan for the years to come.

Labour’s pre-budget submission has firmly placed them at the heart of the consensus for cuts. They have bought into the deflationary approach of both Fianna Fáil and Fine Gael that targets the those least able to pay.” ENDS

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