29 June 2017
Commenting after last night’s vote on an amendment to the Queen’s Speech East Antrim MP Sammy Wilson said,
DUP Parliamentary Spokesman on Education, Treasury and the Department of Work & Pensions.
“The DUP supports a fair deal for frontline public sector workers and will continue to make that case where it counts.
The amendment by Corbyn would not have abolished any pay cap for certain workers. Because it would have been a defeat for the government on the Queens Speech, it would have been a crisis of confidence for the Prime Minister and the Government with the prospect of another general election. The idea of Corbyn becoming Prime Minister would of course be catastrophic for the security and economy of us all.
Decisions on the pay cap should be taken at the appropriate time by the government. The DUP has already said that the election sent a clear message that people wanted change on a number of fronts including the approach to the economy and austerity.
Those who complain about DUP support for the Queen’s Speech ignore that this week an additional £1billion has been secured for public spending in the NI economy. Secondly for five years, through budgets in the Assembly, those who are now complaining supported the national pay cap of 1% on the basis that it saved jobs from being lost in the public sector. That is the very same argument as used by the Government at present.
At the same time as complaining about lack of money for front line public services, these same people are wanting to commit huge sums of money for an Irish Language Act. Our priority was to secure more money for schools, hospitals, mental health and roads whilst others seek to spend millions on narrow party political interests.”