Fair Pay for Public Servants ‘essential’ – Cullinane
Deputy David Cullinane, Sinn Féin Spokesperson for Public Expenditure and Reform, said today that the issue of pay inequality in the public sector highlighted by today’s protest by the Association of Garda Sergeants and Inspectors will not be solved through a Programme for Government that is essentially a charter for increased privatisation and the downgrading of essential services.
The Waterford deputy said:
“Today’s protest by the AGSI on the issue of new recruit pay highlights the very real pressures that Irish frontline service workers are under, leading to issues of low morale across the board and retention of staff in health.
“We must remember that frontline service workers tackled the banking crisis on two fronts.
“Not only had they to carry the cost of bailing out Fianna Fáil’s developer and banker friends they also, quite literally, had to clean up the mess in spite of the slashing of social service supports by successive Fianna Fáil and Fine Gael-led governments.
“Sinn Féin is committed to increased investment in public services.
“Public sector workers have taken pay cuts of up to 14% on average, with reduced terms and conditions of employment.
“While the Lansdowne Road Agreement is imperfect, Sinn Féin recognises that it does give something back to those on low and middle incomes.
“This needs to be the continued focus for government policy.
“This State needs decent pay for decent work and this requires reducing the gap between wages at the top and the bottom.”