FEMPI intimidation tactics unacceptable – Cullinane
Sinn Féin TD and spokesperson for Public Expenditure and Reform David Cullinane today criticised the government for the punitive measures it has undertaken against ASTI and GRA members.
Deputy Cullinane said:
“The decision of the ATSI and GRA not to sign up to the Lansdowne Road Agreement should in no way expose them to government intimidation via the emergency powers conferred on the Minister for Public Expenditure through FEMPI legislation.
“Both organisations have legitimate expectations regarding pay and conditions, and this need to be addressed through negotiation.
“The issue of pay equalisation is fundamental one facing the public sector. It has hit morale in staff-rooms and has brought about disenchantment with public service from new entrants which goes against the grain of what fair employment means.
“Sinn Féin stands with the trade unions and representative organisations when they call for equal pay for equal work.
“And while the issue of pay equalisation lies outside the cuts imposed through FEMPI, rooted as they are in ministerial orders, the emergency powers to discipline thousands of public sector workers for having the temerity to hold legitimate expectations, does not.
“The continuation of emergency draconian tools as a negotiating tool on the side of the government is inexcusable. It is a sledgehammer to crack an egg.
“These powers need to be debated in the Dáil next week, and they need to go.”