Priority must be given to low paid public sector workers – Cullinane
Sinn Féin Spokesperson on Workers’ Rights David Cullinane has called for the restoration of pay for low and middle income public servants. Calling for a debate on the future of the state’s public services, Senator Cullinane said:
“Any restoration of pay in the public service must prioritise low to middle income workers. These are the people who took the brunt of the government’s slash and burn policies and they are also the people who work in some of the most under-staffed and under-resourced sectors.
“When it comes to pay and working conditions, the state should be setting an example. It is not acceptable that government departments are engaging in exploitative work practices and regular users of the appalling JobBridge scheme.
“If we are to rebuild our public services, we need a vision of what an accountable, efficient, and decent public service would like. The government continues to insist that austerity is over and that we are now on our way to recovery.
“A real recovery must include a commitment to the provision of decent public services for all our people. It will also require a commitment to ensure decent pay and conditions for low to middle ranking public servants and a willingness to tackle high pay at the top.”