Loads of government rhetoric has gone into promotion of the myth that pay increment rises are only for the lower paid within the Public Service. Well todays Sindo apparently disputes that and it has become a matter of shall we say discussion among the government parties but also within FG itself.
The Sunday Independent today publishes details of a €266m bonanza in pay increases, top ups, on-call and overtime payments including to middle and senior HSE staff, which it previously failed to disclose. Amid deep rancour within the Government over the €26m cuts to respite care allowances, we can disclose that this year the HSE will spend €17.6m alone on incremental pay increases to staff.The figures have led a government member of the Public Accounts Committee (PAC), Fine Gael TD Simon Harris, to state yesterday "the poor, the sick and the elderly are now paying for the retention of the Croke Park deal, which is clearly not fit for purpose".Revealed: €266m top-ups are paid out to HSE staff - National News - Independent.ie? 621 people in the HSE who earn €70,000 or more will this year receive a pay increase of more than €1,000 each.
? Worse still, documents obtained by the Sunday Independent show that, in 2012, 221 senior managers and staff who earn more than a €100,000 will be in receipt of 'increments' or length of service pay increases.