Students stage Dáil protest

Hundreds of students and public servants will protest outside the Dáil today.

Hundreds of students and public servants will protest outside the Dáil today.

The Union of Students in Ireland (USI) will be calling on TDs and Senators to discuss the future of higher education.

USI president Shane Kelly said: “In these very uncertain times, it is vital that our politicians make time to listen to their constituents and with over 200,000 members, the Union of Students in Ireland is one of the biggest representative groups in the country.

“Education must be the foundation on which Ireland’s future prosperity is built. Ensuring access to education should be the corner stone of any economic recovery plan, and we will set out today the blueprint for such an education centred recovery plan.”

Meanwhile the Civil, Public and Services Union (CPSU) will hold a Dáil protest against the Government’s controversial pension levy tomorrow.

Union officials and Opposition politicians are expected to address the hour-long demo.

The Government hopes the levy will reduce €1.4bn from the public sector pay bill in 2009.

The salary-based charge will be calculated on gross pay and will mean a 3% contribution for workers on €15,000 up to a maximum 9.6% for staff earning €300,000 before tax.

Finance Minister Brian Lenihan is expected to introduce the legislation for the levy to the Dáil today.

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