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Government must tackle gold plated pensions

14 February, 2013 - by Mary Lou McDonald TD

Sinn Féin TD Mary Lou McDonald has called on the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform to once and for all tackle gold plated pensions paid to former Taoisigh, Ministers, Office Holders and senior civil servants.

Deputy McDonald said:

“Since taking up office the government has refused to address excessive pension payments to former Taoisigh, Ministers, office holders and senior civil servants.

“Minister of State Brian Hayes TD tells us that it is inevitable that big state pensions will be cut. However this view differs to his boss Brendan Howlin who has not only repeatedly refused to debate high pay and pensions he has actually defended them.

“The Minister also refused to include measures to end bonanza pension pots for senor public servants in his new Public Service Pensions legislation of last year.

“Sinn Féin has introduced two separate pieces of legislation that would end runaway pay and pensions amongst senior levels of the public service.

“Low and middle income public sector workers have seen their pay slashed in recent years with those working on the front line and on the lowest grades particularly hard hit.

“Government needs to look to the top of the public sector if looking to reduce the public sector pay and pension bill.

“It is also unacceptable for IBEC to target low and mid-grade public sector workers. High paid workers in the private and public sector alike continue to be protected from the harsh realities of the financial and economic crisis.

“The trade union movement also needs to come out against the gold plated pensions and high pay still enjoyed by current and former Taoisigh, Ministers, Office Holders and senior civil servants.” ENDS

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