Gilmore demands assurance on no more public sector pay cuts
Posted on January 26, 2010 at 07:06 PM
By the end of this week, the Labour Leader Eamon Gilmore TD told the Dáil this afternoon during Leaders' Questions, every employee of the State will have his or her pay cut for the second time in less than a year.
For those on €25,000 a year, this works out as €160 a month, a Garda or teacher in the middle of his or her scale will be down €400 a month while a staff nurse with 10 years experience will be cut by €560.
Eamon asked the Government if it had any appreciation of the level of anger among State employees, anger he said that is compounded by the sweetheart arrangement the Government made with senior civil servants to limit the impact of the pat cuts on those senior officers.
He went on to ask for an assurance that the Government will not be going back a third time to cut the pay of employees whose pay has already been cut.
The Tanaiste, who was standing in for the Taoiseach, declined to give that assurance.
You can read more about this on the RTE including the impact of the pay cuts on people at the bottom of the article as heard by a CPSU conference held in Dublin today.
The accompanying video shows Eamon's full contribution from Leaders' Questions today, while you can read the full exchange on the Oireachtas website.
Have you been hit hard with the pay cuts? Do let us know in the comments section below.
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