Pay cut ‘won’t be enough to get politicians back to work’

THE main man involved in the ‘We Deserve Better’ campaign thinks that the MLA pay cut will make very little difference.
Enniskillen man Dylan Quinn organised a rally which saw almost a thousand people get together and urge the politicians to get back to work as the North now holds the record for being the longest running democracy without a government.
When speaking to people at the ‘We Deserve Better’ campaign, many were of the opinion that the MLA’s pay should be cut or scrapped completely.
On Thursday Secretary of State (SoS) Karen Bradley announced MLAs, who have not sat in the Stormont Assembly since the collapse of the Executive, would have their wages reduced from £49,500 per year to £35,888 from November.
There will be a further cut of over £6,000 in three months’ time.
Dylan Quinn has welcomed the cut, but doubts that it will have any major impact on the current political impasse.
“I think the DUP and Sinn Fein have backed themselves into such tight corners that the pay cut will not make a huge amount of difference.
“Unless their money is seriously reduced further, I am not sure it will have much of an impact. I think it was used to try and settle the masses by saying we are doing something, but I don’t believe this is the most productive course of action.”
Dylan also states that a pay cut was a minor issue in the ‘We Deserve Better’ campaign, and the main priority continues to be about getting the MLAs back to work.

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