SIPTU is seeking a commitment from the Government that the pay of low and middle-income health workers will be the first to be restored, as measures introduced during the economic emergency are unwound.
SIPTU Health Division Organiser, Paul Bell, said: “Any phased or structured approach by Government to restore the pay of public sector workers must put low and middle earners first in the queue.
“We are campaigning across the union to get low and middle earners back the money that was taken out of their pockets during the financial emergency so they can contribute to the local economy and share in the emerging recovery.”
SIPTU is the largest health union in the country with a majority of its members in this sector earning under €35,000 per annum.
Paul Bell added: “Our members are the backbone of the health service and have shown tremendous resolve and fortitude throughout the financial emergency and deserve recognition for that from the Government. They have suffered a great deal in terms of cuts, pension levies and other charges and their sacrifices must be acknowledged. SIPTU members are campaigning hard to win better health care for patients and to make sure they are first in the queue for full pay restoration.”
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