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Time to end public sector pay inequality is now – Jonathan O’Brien TD

23 April, 2018 - by Jonathan O'Brien TD

Sinn Féin junior Finance Spokesperson Jonathan O’Brien TD has said that the upcoming talks between the Government and public service unions this Friday on public-sector pay increases must end pay inequality currently experienced.

The Cork-North Central TD also said that the time to do this is now, and that pay equality must be a priority for the Government in the next budget.

Teachta O’Brien said;

“Successive Fine Gael Governments have overseen pay cuts and pay inequality across Ireland for years now. The move to meet with trade unions this upcoming Friday to discuss pay increases is one to be cautiously welcomed.

“Some 58,000 new entrants to the public sector have been negatively affected by the cross-board cut to their pay scale imposed upon them in 2011.

“This is an issue that must be rectified as soon as possible. It cannot be dragged out over years and eventually kicked into touch.

"Sinn Féin opposed the lower pay scales when they were imposed by the Government and have vigorously held successive Governments to account on this issue since. The issue of equal pay for equal work must be a priority for Minister Donohoe come the next budget.

"There is now an opportunity to resolve this injustice through dialogue, and I hope that Minister Donohoe heeds this notice and makes this a priority for budget 2019."

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