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Restoration to lower and middle income public sector workers must come first – McDonald

29 May, 2015 - by Mary Lou McDonald TD

Responding to the conclusion on the discussions between the government and trade unions, Sinn Féin TD and Spokesperson on Public Expenditure and Reform Mary Lou McDonald said that the public sector workers on lower pay must be considered first and that the issue of excessively high pay in the public service remains.

Deputy McDonald said:

“From the outset, we have made clear to Minister Howlin that any new deal needed to prioritise lower and middle income workers.

“Everyone in the public and civil service has experienced pay cuts, but these have been particularly felt by those on low and middle incomes.

“The agreement has to be judged on that basis and if sufficient relief has been given to the low and middle income workers.

“The agreement does not represent full pay restoration for these workers.

“Questions could arise in particular for the lowest paid as to whether the increases envisaged in this agreement will meet the new taxes on water and property which Minister Brendan Howlin and the government have introduced.

“It also remains for government to tackle excessively high pay at the top end.

“The Minister must now come before the Dail and present the full detail of this agreement at the earliest opportunity.” 

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