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Micheál Martin speaking with the voice of a coalition partner – Cullinane

21 November, 2016 - by David Cullinane TD

Sinn Féin TD and spokesperson for Public Expenditure and Reform David Cullinane has rejected comments from Deputy Micheál Martin that workers should “show restraint” in seeking equal pay for equal work, saying that those workers need their public representatives to stand with them.

Deputy Cullinane said:

“Micheál Martin’s comments today are typical of a coalition partner in government. He is supporting his Taoiseach’s line.

“That line, which says that Lansdowne Road is the only game in town, is not credible. 

“There are serious tensions within the public sector over the treatment of post-2011 entrants.

“Yet, Fianna Fáil and Fine Gael are refusing to sign up to the principle of equal work for equal pay.

“Both Micheál Martin and Enda Kenny are willing to stand over an unfair and unjust two-tier pay system in the public sector and they continue to bully young and dedicated nurses, teachers, and gardaí for asking that it be addressed.

“We should remind ourselves that it was Fianna Fail and their banker and developer friends that caused the crash while others paid the price.

“It is outrageous that Micheál Martin can call on public sector workers to ‘show restraint’ when his own party TDs voted to give themselves a pay rise not two weeks ago.

“All workers in this state, both public and private sector workers, have shown enormous restraint over the past eight years and have shouldered the burden for Fianna Fáil's business model.

“Now, when those workers need their public representatives to stand with them, Fianna Fail are instead having secretive meetings with the Taoiseach over what to do to keep people down.

“This is the new politics; keep things the same, keep people down, keep on giving tax breaks to the wealthiest in our society.” 

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