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Equality and Fairness must underpin any New Pay Agreement – Cullinane

20 April, 2017 - by David Cullinane TD

Sinn Féin TD and spokesperson for Public Expenditure and Reform David Cullinane said today that the new public sector pay agreement must have equality and fairness at the heart of its agenda.

Deputy Cullinane said:

“Sinn Féin knows that without progressively addressing the primary grievances of public sector workers, currently driving industrial unrest, any new agreement will be as fatally flawed as Lansdowne Road. 

“Last year, we outlined a discussion document on a new post-Lansdowne Road agreement, at a time when Minister Donohoe had his head in the sand on the need for one.

“Our approach would be framed by the following elements:

·         Equal pay for equal work for post-2011 entrants, beginning with the restoration of certain allowances for nurses, non-consultant doctors, teachers and Gardaí

·         Fair and timely unwinding of FEMPI cuts with emphasis on pay restoration for those under €65,000

·         Pay increases for low to middle income workers

·         Right to access to industrial relations machinery for Gardaí and defence forces

·         Investment in public services

·         Reduction in agency work and replacement with permanent public sector contracts

“A strong, properly-funded and resourced public sector is crucial to the economic and social progress of the nation. 

“An integral step in achieving this goal is to ensure that those working in the sector enjoy equitable pay, conditions and certainty. 

“This would help to guarantee the sustainability of effective and responsible public services, which the Irish people both need and deserve.” 

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