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Donohoe using tired old excuses – Cullinane

19 May, 2016 - by David Cullinane TD

David Cullinane, Sinn Féin TD and spokesperson on Public Expenditure and Reform, has criticised Minister Paschal Donohoe for his recent comments on public sector pay and conditions, saying that it was regrettable that Minister Donohoe has decided to copper-fasten pay inequality.

Deputy Cullinane said:

“It is a pity that Minister Donohoe decided to say that the Lansdowne Road Agreement is the only game in town as that was the phrase that was used whenever critical points were raised about the bank guarantee and NAMA. It seems we have old politics and in well-worn phrases under this Fine Gael-Fianna Fáil government.

“It is also regrettable that Minister Donohoe has decided to copper-fasten the pay inequality within the agreement and has rejected the absolute need to deal with the serious issue of pay disparity that affects post-2011 entrants, among others.

“Sinn Féin in Government would honour the Lansdowne Road Agreement, but unlike Minister Donohoe it would not penalise those workers whose unions have not signed up to the agreement.

“Sinn Féin will continue to highlight the issues facing those on low to middle incomes, and will work towards pay equalisation and tackle the casualisation of employment.” 

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