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Agency Workers’ legislation could be deal breaker in pay talks – Morgan

2 April, 2008


Sinn Féin Workers' Rights Arthur Morgan TD today welcomed the appearance of ICTU, SIPTU and UNITE at the Committee for Enterprise, Trade and Employment. Morgan, a member of the Committee, last month suggested an invitation to the unions to discuss the matter of agency workers.

Speaking after the meeting, Morgan said the Government should pay close heed to the union's warning that the matter of agency workers could be a deal breaker in the current round of pay talks.

Morgan said:

"Sinn Fein has been supportive of the Trade Union movement's campaign on agency workers and has run it own campaign on this issue both at home and in Europe. We believe that Ireland needs immediate legislation, based on the principle of equal treatment, to bring an end to this exploitative labour.

"I welcome the appearance of ICTU, SIPTU and UNITE at this morning's Committee meeting, where they informed us of what they are demanding in legislation on agency workers. At the meeting I asked David Begg (ICTU) if this issue could become a deal breaker in the current round of pay talks. He answered that that is the case and confirmed how serious the issue is not just for unions and workers, but society as a whole.

"I am urging the Government to listen to this warning and make sure that any legislation they introduce covers what is being highlighted by the Unions, and doesn't just deal with regulation issues or skim the surface of what's needed." ENDS

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