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SIPTU members’ rejection of Croke Park II a body blow to government

16 April, 2013 - by Mary Lou McDonald TD, David Cullinane TD

SIPTU members’ rejection of Croke Park II is a body blow to the government’s austerity agenda, according to Sinn Féin deputy leader, Mary Lou McDonald TD this afternoon.

SIPTU is the tenth union to reject this deal. There is a growing momentum in opposition to it. While we do not yet know the final outcome of other unions’ ballots, if the deal is rejected by a majority of unions, the government needs to go back to the drawing board.

“Workers have signalled loud and clear, that these pay cuts are not fair, and that those on lower and middle incomes simply cannot afford to take any more. They have taken a stand against austerity, and I commend them for that.”

“Sinn Féin has always argued against cutting the pay of low and middle income workers. If the government is serious about reform of the public sector it should deal with runaway pay at the top and eliminate wasteful spending.

“Brendan Howlin now needs to understand that his bullyboy tactics have not worked. Any effort to impose across the board pay cuts through legislation will be opposed, and rightly so.”

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