Offaly TD welcomes 'long overdue' action on public pay disparity
Offaly-North Tipperary TD Carol Nolan has welcomed the Government's move towards restoring Public Service Pay equality and stated that “progress on this issue has been unduly protracted." Deputy Nolan has joined other colleagues in the call to “bring this matter to a conclusion once and for all.”
Speaking from Leinster House in response to last week’s Government statement on Public Service Pay, Deputy Nolan stated that the priority must be to seek redress of the pay inequality for new entrants who have been the most severely affected by the fiscal crisis austerity cuts.
"Currently 19% of the public service is on new-entrant pay scales and this figure includes 10,000 nurses; 5,000 SNAs and 16,000 teachers. It has been estimated that on average all Public Sector worker had effective income cuts of 14% between 2008 and 2014 with an additional 10% applied to new entrants," she explained.
Deputy Nolan stated that “not only is this a travesty of justice for those who are working in our public services but it is also a stain on recent government administrations, that so many young people have emigrated for better conditions elsewhere."
"We now have severe shortages of teachers, nurses, GPs and Defence Forces Personnel, and this has had a detrimental impact on service delivery right across the board. It is incumbent on this government to move swiftly towards restoring pay equality, which will both improve morale amongst existing workers and stem the export of our trained professionals," she added.
It is expected that talks will take place between the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform Paschal Donohue and the Public Service Unions in early June to broker further agreement.
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