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Saturday 20 January 2018

Union boss defends €115,000 salary

Barry Duggan and David Raleigh

THE leader of the country's biggest trade union last night defended his €115,000 salary after he warned the Labour Party to protect the country's lowest-paid workers or face the wrath of the unions.

SIPTU president Jack O'Connor said he recognised that he and others in senior positions in the union were "well paid", but they would be taking "very significant" reductions in their pensions.

"My salary is €115,000. When I took office here in the union, I and the other two people who took office with me worked on salaries that were 18.6pc less than the people who went before us," he said. "I don't deny that we are well paid but there aren't too may people queuing up to do this job either."

The union leader was speaking after earlier telling Siptu's biennial conference in Ennis that Labour faced its "litmus test" over legislation to protect vulnerable workers.

"It is absolutely critical that the promised legislation to protect these vulnerable workers is published and passed into law as a matter of urgency," he said.

Labour leader, Eamon Gilmore is due to address the conference in Ennis tomorrow.

Irish Independent

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