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Irish Water bonus payments award higher earners disproportionately – Cullinane

17 September, 2015 - by David Cullinane TD

Sinn Féin Seanad spokesperson on Local Government, Senator David Cullinane, has criticised the news that employees of Irish Water making more than €100,000, will be rewarded disproportionately compared to other staff. Senator Cullinane was responding to the news that the Labour Relations Commission (LRC) has re-instated a performance-related pay scheme which is awarded as a percentage of total salary.

Senator Cullinane said:

“In 2012 the Government rushed through the Water Services Bill and did not allow for proper scrutiny and debate on the setting up of Irish Water. As a consequence dozens of opposition amendments on the pay structure within Irish Water were not discussed.

“The optics of pay increases for senior staff at Irish Water is dreadful. However Sinn Féin does not begrudge low paid workers on the front line pay increases, especially those transferred from local authorities and who otherwise would have gained from the Lansdowne Road Agreement.

“However we are appalled that those on salaries of over €100,000 have been rewarded disproportionately and this is owing to decisions made by the government and senior staff at Irish Water. This is most unfair, and again we have to reflect on the fact that it is ultimately the Irish tax payer who will be footing this bill.

“Week after week we are presented with fresh evidence of why Irish Water must be scrapped. It is toxic, untenable and totally mismanaged. 

“I would welcome an early election to give Irish citizens an opportunity to have their say at the ballot box and vote for parties such as Sinn Féin who are fully committed to scrapping Irish Water once and for all."

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