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Clear need for fairness and pay certainty for public servants – Cullinane

27 April, 2017 - by David Cullinane TD


Sinn Féin TD for Waterford and spokesperson for Public Expenditure and Reform David Cullinane has today launched the party’s framework for a new pay agreement for the public sector, saying that “a strong, properly-funded and resourced public sector is crucial to the economic and social progress of the nation”. 

Deputy Cullinane said:

“The next public pay agreement must address the two core issues of equal pay for equal work and a clear pathway to pay restoration.

“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. 

“Our approach to a new agreement 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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