SF: Pay of senior ranks in public sector 'needs to be reined in'

The deputy leader of Sinn Féin, Mary Lou McDonald, has said she agrees in part with the Troika that public sector pay cuts must remain on the table.

A draft report on the bailout by the European commission - obtained by the website thejournal.ie - also wants longer working hours and another review of allowances.

Ms Lou McDonald said the Government needs to look at some pay cuts.

She said: "I agree with them that there is an issue with public sector pay to be addressed, but I am very specific in saying that it is pay at the upper echelons.

"Senior ranks within the public and civil service in this state are paid rates and salaries far in excess of their European counterparts, so that needs to be reined in."

It is also claimed that the hiring of health specialists from abroad at cheaper rates has been suggested in the leaked report as a means to address the chronic spend in the health sector.

Health is also singled out, and particularly the salaries paid to some medical professionals, which it says may warrant attention, and suggests the hiring of professionals at cheaper rates from other EU countries.

The documents also suggest the Department of Social Protection will hire private companies to identify possible jobs or training programmes for the long-term unemployed and that these companies would be paid on a 'pay-per-success' basis.

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