burton beggPeople Before Profit has condemned Joan Burton’s decision to appoint the former ICTU General Secretary, David Begg, to the post of chairperson of the Pensions Committee. The part time post carries a salary of €20,000 a year and ensures that Mr Begg will earn €100,000 over the five year period of his appointment.
Bríd Smith, a People Before Profit spokesperson said, “This appointment is a disgraceful example of old style patronage. Since 2011, there is supposed to be a new system in place whereby positions on state boards must be advertised and the Public Appointment Service then assess candidates who apply against transparent procedures.
“In the dying days of her administration, Joan Burton has invoked an exception clause to circumvent this procedure. She has behaved exactly the same as Fianna Fáil Ministers did in the past in rewarding their allies.
“In the absence of a clear appointment procedure it is perfectly legitimate to question if David Begg is being rewarded for the role he played in getting the trade union movement to accept the pro-austerity social partnership agreements which were detrimental to workers.
“Under his reign as ICTU General Secretary, the unions agreed to the loss of 35,000 public sector jobs and cuts in pay that averaged 16% for public sector workers.”
“Mr Begg had previously served on the board of the Central Bank and did not openly speak out about the Central Bank’s failure to condemn the insane behaviour of Irish banks.
“Workers will have little confidence that David Begg will represent their interests on the Pension Board.
“But the Labour Party will be happy that their outlook will be well represented”.