Decent pay and access to public services key to tackling inequality - Senator David Cullinane
Speaking after the launch of Sinn Fein’s alternative budget ‘Delivering a Fair Recovery’ the party’s Workers Rights spokesperson, David Cullinane said:
“The Sinn Féin alternative budget sets-out our proposals to tackle growing levels of inequality in Ireland.
“This is particularly important when it comes to pay and access to decent public services for ordinary people.
“Sinn Féin has committed to increasing the minimum wage from €8.65 to €9.65 by 2016 and workers at or below this increased rate will be exempt from the Universal Social Charge.
“For low paid workers in the Civil Service we will introduce a Living Wage of €11.45.
“As a society we need to accept the premise that work must pay.
“When it comes to this issue the onus is on the state as the largest employer, to lead by example.
“The Sinn Féin alternative budget takes a holistic approach to improving the lives of ordinary people
“It recognises that in-and-of-itself, the provision of decent pay and fair working conditions while significant will not be enough to tackle the growing inequality.
“Therefore in our alternative budget we commit to increasing spending on key public services with an enhanced 400 million capital investment programme prioritising housing and health.
“The bottom line is if we are serious about tackling structural inequality we must address the related issues of low pay and access to public services.”