Friday 22 November 2019

Public servants have been hit by recession

J McGrath (Letters, May 20) makes the assertion that public servants have made no contribution to help the country out of recession. This is not true.

Public servants are subject to the income levy and the universal social charge, just like private sector workers. They also pay a pension levy, and have done since 2009. Many have also taken pay cuts in the last few years.

Arguing that they are not contributing because their wages come from state taxes is a moot point. Where else would they come from? The cuts and levies they have been subject to go back to the state coffers, just like the cuts and levies from the private sector.

Deirdre O'Donnell
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