No compulsory redundancies as a result of agreement - O'Dowd
Sinn Féin MLA John O’Dowd said tonight his party remains committed to the protection of frontline public services in the North and said there would be no compulsory redundancies as a result of the Stormont House Agreement.
John O’Dowd said:
“Sinn Féin worked tirelessly throughout the negotiations to achieve welfare protections for the most vulnerable in our society and to protect frontline public services in health, education and welfare from a Tory-driven onslaught.
“As a result of Sinn Féin’s resolute defence of public services there will be no compulsory redundancies in the public sector.
“The Agreement provides for a scheme which enables those who wish to retire or leave the public services to do so.
“The take-up of this scheme must of course be balanced by the need to maintain core public services.
“Some people are making ill-informed and, in my view, mischievous claims that there will be compulsory redundancies in the public sector.
“This claim is a bit rich coming from the Tanáiste Joan Burton and Taoiseach Enda Kenny who sat on their hands and did nothing to protect public services or the rights and entitlements of Irish citizens in the North during the recent talks involving the British government.
“For narrow party political interests they failed to challenge the austerity agenda which the Tory government in London was trying to impose on the north and which mirrors their austerity policies in the south.
Sinn Fein is resolutely opposed to austerity north and south. We have defended core public services in the north. Can Fine Gael or Labour say the same?”