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Pay equalisation cannot wait – Cullinane

16 June, 2016 - by David Cullinane TD

David Cullinane, Sinn Féin TD and spokesperson for Public Expenditure and Reform, said today that pay equalisation needs to be tackled as a priority and that the government cannot continue to use the Lansdowne Road Agreement to avoid the issue.

Deputy Cullinane said:

“I put it to the Tánaiste today that pay equalisation in the public sector is a burning issue among public sector workers, affecting work relations and morale in all areas including health and education. 

“The Minister's response that the upcoming public pay commission will deal with the issue is more of the same from this government. They are kicking the can down the road with commission after commission until another election is called. 

“Pay equalisation is an issue that will not wait. This is not just a pay issue; it is one of equality as well. The failure to address it undermines professionalism and penalises those on low to middle incomes in favour of those on wages of over €65,000 who benefited the most from the Lansdowne road Agreement. 

“Sinn Féin is committed to a fair and equitable public sector pay process that sees pay equalisation as a major priority.” 

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