McKay: Exit payment sanction on local public sector workers ‘blocked’

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Sinn Féin MLA Daithí McKayhas said that he helped block legislation from the Finance Minister Arlene Foster last week that will assist numerous public sector workers in North Antrim.

He said: “A number of local public sector workers here in North Antrim, particularly in Education, flagged up their concern with me at the proposed LCM (Legislative Consent Motion) that would public sector cap exit payments. We looked at this in detail at the Finance Committee and the Committee agreed to reserve its position rather than support this LCM.

“We in Sinn Féin believe that there should be a cap on exit payments for the very highly paid but clearly this legislation was flawed in that lower paid workers who had served in the public sector for decades were also being unfairly sanctioned.

“The Department and the Minister did not provide guarantees that these workers would be protected and that is why I spoke out against the legislation and why ultimately it was voted down on the Assembly floor.

“If the Department wishes to address this adequately then it needs to go back to the drawing board and ensure that the adverse impacts on low-medium paid workers are addressed.”