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Tóibín responds to Public Service Reform Plan

17 November, 2011

Speaking after the government produced its Public Service Reform proposals, Peadar Tóibín TD, Sinn Féín spokesperson for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation said:

“Everyone wants to avail of quality public services. We all recognise the need to make savings. However we are concerned that this government is starting from the wrong point.

“They have set aside the objective of delivering efficient and effective public services and started from the position of how many jobs can be lost.

“The document then fails to identify where these losses will be focused. This blunt instrument will target low paid workers, or frontline workers such as nurses, gardai and teachers and not realise savings to the excessive pays of senior civil servants.

“In addition we are concerned that the merger of the Labour Court, Labour Relations Commission, National Employment Rights Authority, Employment Appeals Tribunal and Equality Tribunal could diminish the rights of workers or impede the just settlement of cases.

“We hope that the government is not in the process of forgoing our potential future economic growth for short term savings with the ending of the National Competitiveness Council and the Advisory Council for Science, Technology and Innovation.

“We support public sector reform to lead to the delivery of efficient and effective services to all our people. However what we have are proposals without any cohesive or comprehensive policy framework, which fails to differentiate between, low paid works, essential front line staff and excessively paid senior managers.” ENDS

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