Fianna Fáil Spokesperson on Public Expenditure Seán Fleming has condemned the Government’s latest attempts to bully public sector workers into submission following the rejection of the Croke Park II proposals.
Deputy Fleming commented: “The proposals were rejected because public servants themselves saw them as unfair and the Government’s approach as aggressive. The strategic leaks we’re now seeing from Government about the ‘punishment’ public sector workers will face are poisoning the process and must be withdrawn. Threats to low paid workers and suggestions of transferring people long distances from their current place of work are not on.
“Minister Howlin said he wanted a period of reflection after the Croke Park II proposals were rejected and has asked the Labour Relations Commission to engage with unions over the next two weeks to see if there is a basis for a further agreement. This process has barely begun and we are already seeing deliberate leaks from Government, threatening the pay and conditions of workers.
“Minister Howlin must immediately climb-down from his stated plan to impose a 7% pay cut across the board – this would be deeply unfair and affect low and middle income earners the most. We will oppose any such move that hits low paid workers unfairly.
“We believe that Kieran Mulvey and his LRC staff should be given the time and space to engage with the unions without further bullying and threatening signals coming from Government.”