Sinn Féin TD for Offaly and North Tipperary, Carol Nolan, has called on the government to address the issue of equal pay for equal work in the Public Service Pay and Pensions Bill.
“We [Sinn Féin] welcome some of the measures in this bill that provides for the restoration of the basic salary of public servants reduced under FEMPI legislation," she said.
“I also welcome the measures that provide for the restoration of pensions payable to public servants through the elimination of reduction in the Pension Related Dediction"
She continued to say that, “on the basis of the broad support among the union membership for the new pay agreement, Sinn Féin will support this legislation."
“However, we have a number of concerns with the legislation and we will be seeking to amend this at committee stage."
“In particular one of the most fundamental issues concerning post 2011 recruits in the public sector has been the issue of pay equality," Nolan added.
“Sinn Féin is committed to Equal Pay for Equal Work and we believe that the Government must commit to addressing this issue to avoid further unrest in the public sector," she noted.
“We also share some concerns highlighted by trade unions in relation to the punishment clause in section 21 and section 33 and will work to have these addressed."
“The fact that this Government is intending to impose sanctions on public sector workers who have not signed up to the new pay agreement beggars belief."
“Sinn Féin will fight hard to remove these clauses at committee stage and stand up for the thousands of public sector workers across this state who have not received fair play under this government."
“I call on the government and Fianna Fáil to make a clear commitment that those who have not signed up to the new pay agreement will not be punished in this manner.”
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