SF's Education Minister John O'Dowd has decided to grant an extra payment of £250 to staff earning less than £21,000 per year. But Sammy Wilson, who is a double-jobber earns a salary for being both an MLA and MP at Westminster has slammed these 'handouts' to the low paid workers.
At the moment, Ireland is an a massive recession and we are all being hit in the wallet for everyday costs, many others struggle to make ends meet, others don't even don't make them meet. Sammy Wilson certainly doesn't grasp or experience the hardships many of us, including posters on this forum face. The recession is a non-sectarian event and the results of the recession has been devastating, ranging from marriage breakdowns to suicides.
O'Dowd of SF announcement that payments worth £250 are to be made to low-paid education workers before the new financial year begins next month. It will lift a little of the burden for these workers who, despite their low wage, bother their arse to get out of bed in the morning and work. O'Dowd said:
“Maybe if Sammy came down from his ivory tower once in a while he would see the devastation being caused by the recession and his inability to embrace ideas to help move the North out of recession.”
'The people in receipt of these monies are grateful that they have a minister who lives off an average industrial wage and understands the plight they find themselves in as opposed to the huge sums that Sammy Wilson receives as minister, MLA and MP'.
Wilson described the measly £250 as a mere 'handout' and a 'disgraceful populist exercise'. But for those of us who live in reality, it will come as no shock that a party who likes to model or self-style itself as a party of the people has decided to help underpaid, low-income workers. It certainly isn't a U-turn in policy by SF. Evidence of that can be found in this thread, started by myself a while back blasting SF's policy on workers' rights.
At a time when unionist politicians are being charged by the unionist proletariat that they are out of touch with the working class, surely this confirms the disfranchised within the unionist community have a valid point. Incredibly it also comes at a time when Sammy and chums have called in a recent survey for a 35% pay increase across the water. Snouts in the trough, literally.
Sammy earns £77,738 as an MP.
Sammy earns £48,000 as an MLA.
(Both before extensive expenses claimed).
The MLA number is rough, he would earn more than that as junior ministers get £19,609 on top of the basic while ministers get £37,801.
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