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Equal pay for equal work firmly back on the agenda following suspension of Garda strike – David Cullinane TD

4 November, 2016 - by David Cullinane TD

David Cullinane TD, Sinn Féin Spokesperson for Public Expenditure and Reform, has welcomed the suspension of industrial action by an Gardaí, adding that the government needs to engage with the wider issues that have been exposed by the dispute.

Deputy Cullinane said:

"The details of the Labour Court recommendations in relation to the Garda dispute show that equal pay for equal work is now firmly back on the national agenda. 

“Minister Dohonoe's mantra that Lansdowne Road is "the only game in town" is nothing more than a hollow soundbite at this stage.

“Unfortunately, though, there is nothing to suggest that the Minister and his department are capable of rolling up their sleeves, seeing past such empty slogans and tackling the substantial issues at hand.

'On Tuesday I will be putting forward a motion calling on every TD to stand with low to middle income workers and to forgo their 8% pay increase. 

“We need a public sector pay agreement that is based on equality and fairness, and which answers the call for union recognition for Gardaí and our defence forces, and fair pay restoration across all sectors.

“Now is the time for the Dáil to provide leadership in the absence of such from this enfeebled and dithering administration."

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