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Howlin rules out tackling excessive pay at the top of public sector in new Croke Park deal

22 November, 2012 - by Mary Lou McDonald TD

Following questioning by Sinn Féin Deputy Leader Mary Lou McDonald TD at this morning’s Public Expenditure and Reform Committee meeting Minister Brendan Howlin TD ruled out tackling excessive pay at the top of the public sector in the any new Croke Park deal.

Deputy McDonald said:

“Minister Howlin talks of the need for rank and file public servants to work harder, longer and for many new entrants for significantly less pay yet he has ruled out addressing the massive pay inequity that exists across the sector in any new Croke Park deal. Currently top civil servants earn nine times that of a new entrant clerical officer. This kind of salary multiple simply does not exist in many European countries.

“Every time we raise the matter of public sector pay inequity with the minister his default response is a charge of populism. Insults are the arguments employed by those who are in the wrong and Minister Howlin’s refusal to calmly discuss what we know to be true is deeply disappointing. Top managers across the public sector enjoy higher remuneration packages than most of their European counterparts.

“Sinn Féin’s Alternative Budget 2013 – Making the Right Choices – includes an emergency three year measure to cap public sector pay at €100,000 and hospital consultant pay at €150,000. Our proposals also include a levy on excessive public sector pensions, reduction in Ministers, TDs and Senators pay and the withdrawal of a number of Oireachtas allowances. Politicians need to lead from the front during the on-going fiscal crisis.” ENDS

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