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Union leaders to address Sinn Féin seminar on Workers Rights

4 October, 2017 - by Declan Kearney


Sinn Féin National Chair and six-county spokesperson on Employment & Workers’ Rights, Declan Kearney MLA, has invited Trade Union activists to attend a one-day seminar in Belfast this weekend.

The seminar entitled ‘Brexit, Workers Rights & Industrial Democracy’ will be held from 10am in An Chultúrlann, Belfast, on Saturday 7th October.

Speaking ahead of the seminar, Mr Kearney said:

"At this time in Ireland there are two major debates taking place which will shape the future of Irish society for generations.

"As the British government continues to bungle its way through its Brexit negotiations and insists on ignoring the will of people in the north to remain in the European Union, Brexit poses a very real threat to the rights and protections of workers which have been enshrined in EU law.

"The outcome of the EU referendum has now brought centre stage a national discussion on the transition to a united Ireland. This could provide a new opportunity to shape a legislative model, which provides the best protections and rights for workers.

"Workers’ interests must be central to these debates. It is essential that the voice of labour is heard.

“I would like to extend an invitation to trade union activists to join us this Saturday 7th October and share their views and ideas on the future, and why labour will not wait. 

“The seminar will be addressed by among others Owen Reidy (Assistant General Secretary ICTU), Paddy Mackel (Belfast Trades Council), Gerry McCormack, (Deputy General Secretary SIPTU), & Martin O'Rourke (Lead northern organiser, SIPTU)." 

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