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Minister Howlin needs to take RTÉ Chief’s lead on top down pay cuts

10 June, 2011 - by Mary Lou McDonald TD

Sinn Féin’s Public Expenditure and Reform Spokesperson Mary Lou McDonald TD has welcomed the decision of RTÉ Director General Noel Curran to cut top presenters pay.

The Sinn Féin Deputy Leader also called on the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform to take the RTÉ Chief’s lead by making sure cutting the pay of senior public servants was a priority in the Government’s Comprehensive Review of Public Expenditure.

She said:

“Sinn Féin has consistently called on the Government to tackle the unsustainable salaries of senior public servants and semi state bosses. Fine Gael and Labour, like Fianna Fáil, have sought to make up the shortfall in public expenditure by cutting from the bottom up rather than the top down. As noted by renowned Economists across globe the Government’s strategy has deepened the recession and created even more uncertainty about Ireland’s future on the international markets.

“Since 2008 Sinn Féin has called for a 100,000 euro cap on all public service pay, a generous salary that is nearly three times the average industrial wage. Director General Noel Curren’s commitment to reduce the salaries of the highest paid presenters’ salaries by 30% by 2013 from 2008 pay levels is welcome. Paying public service workers, even radio and TV presenters, massive salaries with public monies is not only wrong, its bad economics. Low paid workers keep the economy turning. Cutting wages from the bottom up takes money out of the local economy and quashes potential growth.

“Minister Howlin is currently overseeing a Comprehensive Review of Public Expenditure. Significantly reducing the wage bill of the highest paid in the public service must be a priority.” ENDS

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