“MLA Pay Cut Isn’t Enough” – Gemma Brolly
Aontú Deputy Leader Gemma Brolly has called for further pay cuts to MLA wages.
Speaking today, Gemma Brolly said “It is speculated the annual salaries of MLAs will be cut by 27%. Given the depth of the crisis, this isn't enough. MLAs have spent months now playing political playground games at the cost of normal people. They’ve allowed the cost-of-living crisis and the fuel crisis to spiral out of control. We’re now in a situation where families are being forced to choose between heating their home or fuelling their car.”
Gemma Brolly continued “Equally as worrying, the stalemate caused by the Stormont parties is having a devastating effect on the health care services. We’re already seeing the tangible impact of this with long waiting lists and vacant posts. This is putting medical staff under immense pressure and risking the lives of patients. A recent RCP report found that there was an 11-year waiting list for hip replacements. Similarly, cancer screening is lagging neighbouring health care systems”
“This situation is too dire. There must be a more ambitious solution. Aontú has been clear, the institutions of Stormont must be reformed so one party cannot tear down the executive. Until then, while MLAs refuse to do the work that the people put them there to do, their wage must be reduced to minimum wage.” Concluded Gemma Brolly