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McDonald calls on Government to “get tough” on high pay in public sector

26 June, 2012 - by Mary Lou McDonald TD

Sinn Féin Public Expenditure and Reform Spokesperson Mary Lou McDonald TD has called on the Government to get tough on high pay across the public sector, including excessive Ministerial salaries.

Deputy McDonald said:

“Any attempt by Government to withdraw increments will disproportionately hit low paid public servants and new entrants. The fact is those on the highest grades in the public and civil service have a single pay point. It will take a new entrant Clerical Officer on a start off salary of €20,859 seventeen years and 13 increments to reach a salary of €33,607. By comparison a Secretary General has a single pay point of €200,000.

“If Government Ministers are serious about tackling runaway pay for high rollers across the public sector they need to first look at their own pay packets.  Earlier this month I introduced a Bill which would see public sector pay capped at €100,000, a measure that could reduce the annual pay bill by €265 million. I’ve also sought a reduction in TD and Senators pay.

“Excessive pension pots must also be cut. Former Taoisigh, Government Ministers, and Secretaries General continue to receive annual pensions in excess of €100,000. I’ve introduced legislative proposals that would significantly reduce excessive public sector pension payments.”

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