People Before Profit TD claims Varadkar guilty of Double Standards on public sector pay

Varadkar supports equal pay for cabinet members but not for teachers

Workers told they must accept poor deal while ministers jockey for position and big pay increases

People Before Profit TD, Bríd Smith, has accused Taoiseach Leo Varadkar of gross hypocrisy over the treatment of ordinary public servants compared to the treatment of Junior Ministers and in the appointment of Máire Whelan.

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar stated today in the Dáil that he supported the idea of cabinet members receiving the same pay.

Bríd Smith slammed the statement saying “it is quite breath-taking that a politician that has constantly denied the right of equal pay for equal work for public servants such as teachers can claim that principal for his own cabinet colleagues”.Read more »

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“Government and media fear genuine trade unionism in the public sector” says Bríd Smith.

The onslaught of media attacks on the ASTI is being driven by a “fear of real trade unionism taking hold in the public sector” according to a group of TDs who today called for support for the ASTI campaign for equal pay for equal work.

The propaganda reached new extremes in this weekend’s Sunday Business Post where the ASTI was presented as a dysfunctional, outdated organisation run by inexperienced people.

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Deputy Brid Smith has called on the Department of Education to withdraw threats it has issued to teachers in the ASTI.Teachers are been told they must sign up and agree to substitution and supervisor duties by tomorrow or face been taken off the payroll.Brid Smith said today: “this is the worst example of bully boy tactics and intimidation I have seen in a dispute in years. If any employer in the private sector behaved like this it would be outrageous, but the fact that this is the Government makes it even more so.”

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