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Excessive pay and pensions at top of public sector must be dealt with – McDonald

14 January, 2013 - by Mary Lou McDonald TD

Following this afternoons adjourned negotiations between Union Leaders and Government on an extended Croke Park deal Sinn Féin Deputy Leader Mary Lou McDonald TD has called on Government and Union Leaders to once and for all deal with the elephant in the room – excessive pay and pensions across the top of the civil and public sector.

The Sinn Féin Spokesperson on Public Expenditure and Reform said:

“These negotiations offer a real opportunity for Government and Union Leaders to once and for all tackle excessive pay at the top of the civil and public sector. Hundreds of millions of taxpayer’s hard earned cash could be saved each year by capping the runaway pay and pensions of senior managers and office holders.

“It is mindboggling that every time the issue of high pay is raised Minister Howlin and his Labour cabinet colleagues doggedly defend the massive salaries paid out across the top of the public sector.

“Brendan Howlin knows that the salaries he pays out to senior management, including the HSE, Local Authorities and State Agencies are far in excess of what is paid to their European counterparts. Labour Ministers need to step outside their bubble of self-interest and instead make decisions on public sector pay and pensions that are equitable and in the public interest.

“In equal measure Union Leaders need to put high pay and pension’s front and centre of the negotiations. It is simply not good enough to keep heaping the pain on new entrants, low and middle income earners. These negotiations are an opportunity for the trade union movement to tackle pay inequity across the public sector. Union Leaders cannot continue to defend high rollers.” ENDS

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