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Minister must commit to equal pay for equal work – Cullinane

24 April, 2017 - by David Cullinane TD

Sinn Féin Public Expenditure spokesperson David Cullinane TD has said any new pay agreement must be based on the principles of fairness, equality, and building world-class public services.

Responding to comments today from Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform Paschal Donohoe, Deputy Cullinane said pay equality must underpin any new agreement.

Speaking today, the Waterford TD said:

“Previous Fianna Fáil and Fine Gael-led Governments took an axe to public sector pay. They created and sustained a two-tier pay structure and reduced pay and terms and conditions of employment for public sector workers.

“Sinn Féin has long argued for a social just and economically sustainable unwinding of FEMPI cuts. The core of any new pay agreement has to be to restore the public sector to a single tier pay structure and re-establish the principle of equal pay for equal work.

“Sinn Féin believes that a fresh agreement needs to prioritise pay restoration for those earning less than €65,000 with pay increases for the low paid. The days of unfair agreements that widen the pay gap and create pay inequality must come to an end.” 

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