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Pay Talks Must Focus on Fairness – Cullinane

22 May, 2017 - by David Cullinane TD

Sinn Féin spokesperson for Public Expenditure and Reform David Cullinane today welcomed the date for the forthcoming public pay talks, adding that low to middle income workers and post-2011 entrants must be a priority.

Deputy Cullinane said:

“I welcome the announcement today that talks are to begin on a new public sector pay agreement.

“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 those 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 previous form in prioritising the higher paid and ensure that fairness prevails.

“The principle of equal pay for equal work must be strongly asserted by the trade unions. It must also be a key issue to be addressed by Government.

“Those on the front line who entered the public service in 2011 must not be left behind.

“Failure to resolve these issues will render any new pay agreement unfair.” 

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