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Two-Tier Pay in Public Service must be reversed by end of current pay deal – Jonathan O’Brien TD

23 April, 2019 - by Jonathan O'Brien TD

Sinn Féin deputy spokesperson for Finance and Public Expenditure & Reform Jonathan O’Brien TD has called on the government to end pay inequality in the public service by the end of the current public pay agreement.

Speaking today, the Cork North-Central said:

“Sinn Féin has continually called on the government to reverse the pay inequality exacted on public sector workers since 2011.

“Over 60,000 public sector workers receive less pay than their colleagues for equal work, including 20% of our education workforce and 10,000 nurses.

“The proposal put forward by the Government and Fianna Fáil in November 2018 has ensured that these workers will face pay inequality until 2026.

“It was inevitable that these proposals would be rejected by nursing and teaching unions. Persistent pay inequality is now a serious threat to the ability of these professions to hire the talent needed to improve our schools and hospitals.

“We have called on Fine Gael and Fianna Fáil to provide full pay equality by the beginning of 2020, not 2026.

“This would have seen all post-2011 entrants seeing an initial pay increase at the beginning of 2019, with full equality reached by the beginning of 2020. This proposal was entirely achievable in the context of the most recent budget.

“The Government must begin a real process of engagement to ensure frontline public services are not further threatened in the midst of a recruitment and retention crisis, and provide for full pay equality by the end of the current pay deal.”

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