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Minister Howlin must reengage with unions and An Post to ensure right to return for National Lottery workers - McDonald

30 December, 2013 - by Mary Lou McDonald TD


Sinn Féin Deputy Leader Mary Lou McDonald TD has called on Minister Brendan Howlin to reengage with unions and An Post to ensure that workers at the National Lottery are afforded their right to return to the company.

Deputy McDonald has repeatedly raised outstanding industrial relations issues relating to the current staff at the National Lottery Company in the Dáil and in correspondence with the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform.

Deputy McDonald said:

 “This story is not new. The majority of workers at the National Lottery Company are on permanent secondment from An Post and therefore have a right to return to their employer. Unfortunately Brendan Howlin has stuck his head in the sand over the last six months refusing to deal with this impasse, despite his department’s direct involvement in the Labour Relations Commissions discussions.

“The bottom line is that the majority of the current employees of the National Lottery Company are contractually bound to An Post. Brendan Howlin’s decision to announce the new lottery licence holder in the absence of any agreement with employees on their future was inappropriate.

“For months now I have called on the Minister and his officials to reengage with unions and An Post to ensure the right to return to the company is put firmly on the table.

 “Brendan Howlin’s attempts to ignore or even bypass fundamental industrial relations mechanisms are becoming a trade mark of Labour’s modus operandi in government.”

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