Equal Pay, Decent Services and Retention Are Central to Any New Pay Agreement Cullinane
Sinn Féin spokesperson for public expenditure and reform David Cullinane TD has said today that the next pay agreement must have fairness and services at its heart.
Deputy Cullinane said;
“It appears that negotiations on pay issues have still to take place in the current round of talks.
"This is an opportunity to put in place a fair pay agreement 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.
“Sinn Fein believes pay restoration must prioritise those below €65,000 with pay increases for those under €30,000.
“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.
"Furthermore, the issue of retention and a viable career path for those in health, education and our uniformed services cannot be sacrificed any longer.
“Failure to resolve these issues will render any new pay agreement unfair.”