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Sinn Féin slams gold-plated pensions and high pay

18 February, 2013 - by Aengus Ó Snodaigh TD

Sinn Fein spokesperson on social protection, Aengus ÓSnodaigh TD has called on government and unions to put high pay and pensions front and centre in today’s resumed Croke Park negotiations.

The Dublin South Central TD said:
"Time and again Public Expenditure Minister Brendan Howlin has defended the excessive pay and pension arrangements of current and former office holders and senior public servants.

"Low and middle income public sector workers have seen their pay significantly reduced over the last three years. Rather than tackle runaway pay at the top government ministers have targeted low paid new entrants working on the front line.

"Significant savings can and should be made to the public sector pay and pensions bill but these reductions must come from the top.

"Current negotiations on an extended Croke Park deal must lead with cuts to gold-plated pensions and high pay. Significant saving can be made and the trade union movement cannot shy away from calling for cuts to senior public sector pay.

As the frontline workers gather in Tallaght today, their trade union leaders must demand that the government applies its cuts to those who can afford them, while protecting these valuable workers from further hardship.”

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