Defence Forces Right to Collective Bargaining Rights must be implemented – Ó Snodaigh
Sinn Féin Spokesperson on Defence Aengus Ó Snodaigh TD has welcomed the decision of the European Committee on Social Rights to uphold the rights of Irish Defence Forces to engage in collective bargaining and to have trade union recognition.
Speaking today, Deputy Ó Snodaigh said:
“I welcome the decision by the European Committee on Social Rights to uphold the complaint made by PDFORRA under Articles 5 and 6 of the European Social Charter in 2014.
“Of course, it is a damning indictment that PDFORRA was forced to take this action in order to have their basic rights recognised and vindicated.
“Furthermore, this Government fought every step of the way in an attempt to thwart the members of the defence forces in achieving this recognition.
“The conclusion from the European Committee on Social Rights clearly demonstrates that the exclusion of defence forces from public service agreements cannot continue and that members of the defence forces have a right to engage in collective bargaining and to have trade union recognition.
“Sinn Féin has published legislation that would give effect to this right and has consistently called for the Government to provide for the collective bargaining rights of Gardaí and Defence Forces.
“I am calling on the Irish Government to accept and fully implement the findings of the European Committee on Social Rights on this matter and to allow representatives of the Defence Forces to fully participate in negotiations affecting pay and working conditions.”