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Angry voters want money back – but in tax cuts only

Taxpayers aren't being heard in the media because they don't have a trade union.

Published 27/04/2014 | 02:30

Jack O’Connor of Siptu has called for pay rises in the private sector before pay restrictions in the public sector are lifted.
Jack O’Connor of Siptu has called for pay rises in the private sector before pay restrictions in the public sector are lifted.

'We want our money back." If you were allowed only one sentence to say to canvassers on the doorsteps in this election season, then that would probably be it.

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Overtaxed for public services that are seen as too expensive, deprived of a pay rise since 2007 and living in one of the highest cost economies in the world, we all want our money back.

So do low-earning public servants who have taken three pay cuts since 2009 – and some of whom still earn less than the average industrial wage.

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