Teacher pay deal welcome but more to do - Cullinane
David Cullinane, Sinn Féin spokesperson for public expenditure and reform, has welcomed the announcement that the government is to end the disgrace of the two-tier pay system in education, but says that it needs to be extended to all public sector workers.
Speaking today, Deputy Cullinane said:
“The news that the government will end the disparity in teachers’ pay is a welcome and much-needed development. Sinn Féin has consistently called for the ending of the inequitable pay system for post-2011 entrants.
“During the summer we asked the Department of Public Expenditure and Reform for a costing for this measure, only to be told that it could not be done. Apparently it is easy when Minister Donohoe wants it done.
“Nonetheless, even though the move is progressive, the concurrent move to block ASTI from the deal is petty, small-minded and counter-productive.
“Similarly, there is a need to end the two-tier pay system across the public sector.
“Sinn Féin will continue to argue for pay justice for our public servants, and in our alternative budget we will show how we can make a serious move towards ending pay inequality as a priority.”