Core principle must be established by new Government
"Today I welcome the agreement in principle by the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform, Brendan Howlin and Minister for the Environment, Alan Kelly to operate a revised salary scale for full-time firefighters in local authorities. This decision, I believe, sets a precedent in that it establishes parity between firefighters recruited after 2012 and those recruited beforehand in relation to a rent allowance of €4,500 which was abolished for new entrants.
"This precedent established for firefighters must now be implemented for soldiers, gardaí, teachers and pay parity must be re-established between pre and post 2011 entrants. Indeed there are three discriminatory pay scales in operation for teachers and this needs to be addressed immediately. It is completely unacceptable that people are not paid the same salary for the same work. I have again contacted the European Commission on this issue stressing that, in effect, these discriminatory pay scales mean that over the course of a career, the principle of equal pay for equal work no longer exists and this is contrary to EU legislation.
"I will be calling on the new Government to immediately re-establish the principle of equal pay for equal work throughout the civil and public service and indeed the wider economy. It is a core principle of social fairness and equity. Such a move I believe would signal a positive start for any administration", Marian Harkin MEP concluded.