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Thousands of civil servants earning less than the Living Wage – Maurice Quinlivan TD

25 September, 2019 - by Maurice Quinlivan TD


Sinn Féin Spokesperson on Jobs, Workers’ Rights and Pay Equality Maurice Quinlivan TD today said it is disgraceful that government departments are paying thousands of civil servants "shamefully low wages when they should be leading from the front and paying their workers a Living Wage".

Deputy Quinlivan’s comments come after information he received from various government departments shows that over 2,000 civil servants are paid less than the Living Wage by government departments alone.

Speaking today, the Limerick City TD said;

“Figures released to me show that over 2,000 workers employed by government departments are currently paid less than the Living Wage of €12.30 per hour.

“These figures are shameful, and the extent of low pay in the civil service will come as a shock to many people.

“The Department of Employment Affairs and Social Protection alone, employs 1,185 people who earn less than the Living Wage of €12.30 per hour. That is completely unacceptable.

“Many governmental departments are located in the capital, where rents are extortionately high, meaning many of these workers would struggle to get by on these very low wage rates.

“The Revenue Commissioners are particularly bad when it comes to low pay, with 1,260 of their staff currently earning less than the Living Wage, while the Department of Foreign Affairs employs 322 people who are paid less than the €12.30 hourly rate.

“The government should be leading from the front and paying workers a Living Wage, which would allow people earn enough to pay for the basic necessities of life, to live with dignity and to participate as active citizens in our society. That is not too much to ask.

“Sinn Féin have committed to introducing a Living Wage when in government, which would benefit thousands of low paid workers in both the public and private sectors.

“Our published policy shows how a Living Wage can be introduced, benefiting thousands of workers, but also including safeguards that would protect financially vulnerable businesses and the jobs they provide.

“There is no excuse why government departments and public bodies are paying workers such low wages, and this must be addressed immediately.”

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