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Adams calls for equal pay for equal work in Pay Talks

10 May, 2017 - by Gerry Adams

Sinn Féin President and Louth TD Gerry Adams today called on the Taoiseach to prioritise equal pay for equal work, and the timely and full unwinding of FEMPI, in the pay negotiations that are due to commence shortly.

The Sinn Féin leader was speaking during Taoiseach’s Questions in the Dáil today. Addressing the Taoiseach Enda Kenny, Teachta Adams said:

“Public sector workers have taken significant cuts in pay and terms of conditions since 2009. The key issues in the next round of pay talks will be equal pay for equal work, and the timely and full unwinding of FEMPI. This latter will be a particular challenge.

“Sinn Fein believes pay restoration must prioritise those below €65,000 with pay increases for the low paid. This is especially important given that low to middle income workers in the public service haven’t had a net pay rise in nearly ten years. 

“The Government refuses to acknowledge that equal pay for equal work is even an issue, despite the fact that it has powered industrial unrest within An Garda Síochána, and among nurses and teachers. 

“The Lansdowne Road Agreement, which Minister Donohoe is now talking about extending, not replacing, disproportionally benefitted those over €65,000.

“Sinn Féin wants to see any new agreement finally address the issue of equal pay for equal work. It also has to agree that the timely unwinding of FEMPI will focus first on those on low to middle incomes, including much-needed pay rises for those on the lowest scales under €30,000.

“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 its previous approach in prioritising the higher paid and ensure that fairness prevails.” 

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