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McDonald calls on Rehab to make management pay arrangements available to PAC

18 February, 2014 - by Mary Lou McDonald TD

Sinn Féin’s Mary Lou McDonald TD has called on Rehab to provide full details of the pay and pension arrangements of the charity’s management team to the Public Accounts Committee.

Deputy McDonald also called on the charity to provide the independent reports it has based its Chief Executives pay on.

The Dublin Central TD said, “After weeks of stonewalling Rehab has finally bowed to public pressure and published the salary of its Chief Executive.

“People are astounded and outraged that Rehab is paying it Chief €272,400 annually. Rehab claims than its research shows that this is significantly below the salary paid to Chief Executives of companies of similar size. This position simply does not stand up to scrutiny.

“It is now clear that Rehab’s boss is paid almost three times the salary of most charity’s CEO’s.

“Rehab’s senior management cannot don their charity hat when it suits them only to ditch it when it comes to management pay.

“It is also clear that Rehab has not applied the Haddington Road Agreement pay cuts to its CEO as it sought to do with the rest of its workforce.

“Drip feeding the pay and pension arrangement of senior management in Section 38 and Section 39 organisations is damaging the ability of charities to fundraise.

“It is clear that the toxic culture of bonuses, pay top-ups, gold plated pensions and cronyism for a small few has undermined the charity sectors reputation.

“These organisations and their dedicated staff provide vital services to our most vulnerable citizens and it is the public who provide much of the funding.

“Understandably it is those who work in these organisations and those who fundraise for them are looking on in bewilderment as to how charity CEO is being paid a truly excessive salary.

“Rehab must provide all pay and pension arrangements of its management team when it comes before the Public Accounts Committee. Rehab must also provide the three independent reports it has based its Chief Executives pay on. Full accountability and transparency is what is required of Rehab at this time.”

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