SINN Fein TD Brian Stanley recently raised the effects of public sector reforms with Minister Brendan Howlin, while accusing the government of “using strong arm tactics” in the Croke Park 3 deal. Speaking during Ministers Question time Deputy Stanley said that the Minister is engaging unions in negotiations on the one hand and simultaneously publishing legislation to impose wage cuts and reduce terms and conditions.
“Surely public sector workers should have been allowed first to accept or reject the deal before bringing in the legislation into the Dail. This is nothing more than strong arm tactics by a Labour Minister”, he said.
He added that effects of the cuts in staff numbers in the public services have become evident, with huge gaps now opening up in basic frontline services. “The effects of the reduction of 30,000 staff is also been felt in terms of the unemployment rate in Laois which has a large concentration of public sector employment. Now the Government want to slash another 10,000 public service jobs, this will have devastating consequences”.