The President of the Workers’
Party, Michael Finnegan, has strongly defended the action taken by public sector workers today in opposition to further cuts
in their pay.
Mr. Finnegan said “over
the last few days we have seen a vital need for proper public infrastructure and public services. Public sector workers were put to the test by the national emergency and stepped up to the mark admirably”.
“Only a week
ago we once saw the selfishness of bankers as they attempted to secure an annual salary of €633,000 for the incoming
Chief Executive of AIB. This obscene salary would not be achieved in over a decade by the
men and women in the frontline of the flood defences, yet it is those people and their livelihoods which are under attack”,
said Mr. Finnegan.
“We must never forget
that it is the bankers and building speculators who have destroyed our public finances and brought the national economy to
its knees. As the government prepares what is likely to be the most vicious budget in the history of the state, we must continually
emphasise that those who caused this crisis must be held responsible and, for the first time in their history, must be made
to pay their share”.
Issued Tuesday 24th November