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Pensions are Rights, not Bargaining Chips – Cullinane

19 December, 2016 - by David Cullinane TD

Sinn Féin TD and spokesperson for Public Expenditure and Reform David Cullinane has defended public sector pensioners today, saying that the vast majority of them are on modest rates that are reflective of their service.

Deputy Cullinane said:

“When it comes to pensions, the arguments of IBEC and Minister Donohoe rise and flow with a predictability as certain as the tides.

“While it is true that the pensions of former ministers and secretary-generals are out of line with reality, the vast majority of public sector workers are on modest rates that afford them a decent living at a time when their working days have ended.

“The majority of public sector pensioners receive less than €20,000 a year. To say that this is a gold-plated payment is simply ridiculous.

“The problems with pensions lies at the top scale, where we have 500 public sector workers receiving collectively €50m a year.

“Yet any time Sinn Féin calls for curbs on such largesse, the Government is the first to defend the payments.

“Fine Gael and Minister Donohoe only care about their own, and their own are on big money.

“Sinn Féin will continue to defend the rights of low to middle-income workers and pensioners who make up the vast majority of households.” 

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