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A new pay agreement must put fairness and equality at its core – Cullinane

9 May, 2017 - by David Cullinane TD

Speaking this morning in advance of the report from the Public Sector Pay Commission going to Cabinet, Sinn Féin TD and spokesperson on Public Expenditure and Reform Deputy David Cullinane said a new pay agreement must be fair and have equality at its core.

Speaking this morning, Teachta Cullinane said:

“Talks on a new public sector pay agreement must commence as soon as possible. The issues of equal pay for equal work and fair pay restoration must be on the table.

“The issue of restoring the public service to a single-tier pay structure is a red line issue for Sinn Féin. It is a source of great inequality and disruption that must be ended once and for all.

“The full unwinding of FEMPI cuts presents a challenge in any new pay talks. Sinn Fein believes pay restoration must prioritise those below €65,000 with pay increases for the low paid.

“This is an opportunity to put in place a fair pay agreement and one that will foster industrial harmony and not continued industrial unrest. The Government must abandon previous form in prioritising the higher paid and ensure that fairness prevails.” 

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