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“Sinn Féin will defend lower paid Public Service workers pensions” Conor Murphy

6 October, 2011 - by Westminster

Sinn Féin Economic Spokesperson, Conor Murphy MP, MLA (Newry/Armagh)  has refuted allegations by the SDLP’s Dominic Bradley that Sinn Féin  has agreed to demands that all Public Sector workers contribute an extra 3.2% to their pension fund.

Conor Murphy said:

“I welcome the SDLP’s conversion to the Sinn Féin position of not acting subserviently to the demands of the Tory austerity agenda. When the £4billion of cuts was imposed on the Executive Budget by the British Chancellor, Sinn Féin was alone in advocating resistance.  On the other hand, SDLP Leader, Margaret Ritchie accepted them commenting, ‘while it is challenging it is not insurmountable’.

“I obviously cannot comment on the content of Executive papers but the Sinn Féin Party position is that lower paid workers should be protected from this £140million levy imposed on the Executive by the Tories through a graduated approach and that this should be worked out in consultation with the Trades Union. Such an approach is predicated on the principle that those who earn more pay more and those who earn less pay less or nothing at all.

“I am certain that this is the approach that our Executive Ministers will adopt. Rather than seek headline grabbing publicity based on half-truths and speculation, Sinn Féin will get on with properly protecting low paid workers where it counts – in the Executive and the Assembly – not through the media. Where are the SDLP’s proposals for finding the £140million which the British Chancellor said will be deducted from the Block grant if we don’t increase contributions?

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