Fianna Fáil Spokesperson on Public Expenditure & Reform Dara Calleary says the publication of the report examining pay scales in the public sector must be seen as a first step in a process to bring about pay equality.

“This report must not be seen in isolation and must be followed with real commitment from the government on how it plans to deal with pay inequality in the public service”, said Deputy Calleary.

“Fianna Fáil pressed the amendment to Public Service Pay and Pensions Act 2017 which obliged the Minister for Finance, Public Expenditure & Reform to publish a report on pay equalisation that would not only assess the cost but would also outline a process to rectify the issue and bring about pay equality.

“What we need now, following the publication of this report, is certainty on how the issue will be dealt with.  The Minister should outline what approach he intends taking, as well as setting out a definitive timeline by which he expects full pay equality to be secured. The Public Service Pay Commission should play an integral role in this process.

“Fianna Fáil will continue to press this issue until pay inequality is a thing of the past.  I am calling on Minister Donohoe to engage seriously with unions and the Public Service Pay Commission and to put in place a meaningful roadmap to pay equality”, concluded Deputy Calleary.