Cullinane responds to publication of Financial Emergency Measures Bill
Sinn Féin workers’ rights spokesperson, Senator David Cullinane described the publication of the Financial Emergency Measures in the Public Interest Bill 2013 as an attempt to strong arm public sector workers.
“The publication of this legislation is unnecessary and unhelpful. It is an attempt by the government to strong arm public sector workers as they make their deliberations on the new Haddington Road Agreement on public sector pay.
“Minister Howlin tasked Kieran Mulvey with entering into a new round of negotiations after rejection of the Croke Park 2 proposals.
“Yet at every turn the Minister has undermined his own initiative with persistent threats of unilateral cuts. Placing the legislation on the Dáil agenda is little more than throwing political shapes.
“Sinn Féin does not support cutting the pay of low and middle income public sector workers and we don’t support the government’s position that €300 million in 2013 or €1 billion by 2015 must be cut from the public sector pay and pensions bill.
“Savings can be found by targeting those at the top, for example capping hospital consultants pay at €150,000 and imposing a higher levy on gold plated pensions to former Minister and Taoisigh would save €100m.
“Sinn Féin has also set out substantial expenditure saving and equitable taxation measures which if implemented would significantly reduce the deficit.
“The government should stop bullying ordinary workers and start looking those who can afford to pay more.”