Date Released: 12 October 2016
SIPTU has called on the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform, Paschal Donohoe, to make clear that the soon to be appointed Public Sector Pay Commission must provide a clear timeline to full pay restoration for workers.
SIPTU Public Administration and Community Division Organiser, John King, said: “In his Budget speech the Minister said that the Commission would discuss pay restoration for workers in the public sector. However, our members in the public service are very clear in their view that the Commission must go much further than only discussing this matter. It must, at the very least, set out the dates on which public service workers will with certainty have the pay reductions imposed on them fully reversed.”
He added: “Public service workers paid an enormous price through the unilateral imposition by the government of pay cuts and loss of allowances as part of the measures implemented to correct and stabilise the country’s public finances.”
“In a time of stabilised exchequer finances public sector workers are demanding that their pay restoration is fast tracked. The Minister in his statement acknowledges that he is aware of the demands of public sector workers. It is his responsibility to ensure that these workers can have confidence that the Commission, established under his watch, will effectively deliver pay restoration and not just discuss it.”