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Inevitable union frustration with social partnership reaching boiling point - Morgan

3 October, 2007


Sinn Féin spokesperson on Economic Affairs and Employment Arthur Morgan TD said today realisation that social partnership is not delivering for workers is now clearly eroding support for the process amongst the trade union movement, including those who in the past were most supportive of it.   Morgan was commenting on the remarks made by SIPTU General President Jack O’Connor raising questions about the future of social partnership.

 

Morgan said:

 

“SIPTU General President Jack O’Connor is right to question the future of social partnership.  Concessions made by workers over a long number of years have not been reciprocated.  Towards 2016 has not delivered for Irish workers.  As Sinn Féin foresaw in advance of Towards 2016 being ratified inflation has outpaced the wage increases which workers received under this deal. Now on top of this we have the farcical situation whereby a company of which the Government is a major shareholder is refusing to pay its workers increases which they are entitled to under the deal.  Unions cannot be expected to participated in future social partnership negotiations against this background and in the light of the fact a number of serious deficiencies in employment rights including, as O’Connor highlighted, the failure of the Government to legislate for equal treatment for agency workers.” ENDS

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