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McDonald voices opposition to bill to cut public sector pay

29 May, 2013 - by Mary Lou McDonald TD

Speaking ahead of tonight’s Dáil vote on the Financial Emergency Measures in the Public Interest Bill (FEMPI) 2013 Sinn Féin’s Mary Lou McDonald TD has voiced her party’s opposition to the Bill criticising Minister Howlin for seeking to secure enhanced powers to unilaterally cut pay, increase working hours and freeze the increments of workers not signed up to the Haddington Road deal.

The Dublin Central TD said:

“There is scope for additional expenditure savings, including in the public sector pay and pension’s bill however these particular reductions need to come from the top. Sinn Féin’s Budget 2013 expenditure proposals set out fair expenditure reductions across the public service. We have also put forward additional taxation measures which are sustainable and fair.

“Brendan Howlin has no problem threatening low paid Clerical Officers, the majority of whom are women with unilateral pay cuts, increments freezes and increased hours. Yet he balks at the very suggestion of significantly reducing Bertie Ahern or Brian Cowen’s pension payments of €150,000 each year.

 “Rushing the FEMPI legislation through the Dáil and Seanad this week is an unnecessarily combative move by Brendan Howlin. Union members should have been given the time to decide on the Haddington Road Agreement without the Ministers bully boy tactics.

“Sinn Féin has submitted a number of amendments to the FEMPI legislation which target pay at the top, reduces gold plated pensions and politicians pay & perks, protects low and middle income workers increments and removes the ability of the Minister to increase pay and working hours outside of collective agreements.”

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