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Public Sector Workers need a Roadmap to Equal Pay for Equal Work – Cullinane

26 October, 2016 - by David Cullinane TD

Sinn Féin TD and spokesperson for Public Expenditure and Reform David Cullinane has criticised the government for choosing confrontation over dialogue.

Deputy Cullinane said:

“It is hypocritical on the extreme for Ministers to stand up and beat their chest about sticking to Lansdowne Road when there are already deals being done that work towards addressing the issue of unequal pay.

“Last month, both Ministers Bruton and Donohoe announced the implementation of a revised salary arrangement that would incorporate honours primary degree allowances for post-2011 entrants but would apply only to TUI and INTO members.

“This was not part of the Lansdowne Road Agreement. We of course welcome it but it is our belief that this should be across the board, instead of it being used to bully and cajole teachers, nurses and Gardaí. 

“The demands of teachers and Gardaí are not insurmountable. In our Alternative Budget proposals, Sinn Féin was able to provide for the restoration of allowances for all post-2011 teachers and Gardaí, as well as nurses and doctors. 

“A roadmap towards pay equality for all post-2011 entrants needs to be put in place before the scheduled end of the Lansdowne Road Agreement. 

“Kicking the can down the road is not going to solve the problem.” 

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