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Lisbon Treaty puts workers’ rights at risk – Morgan

9 April, 2008


Sinn Féin Workers' Rights Spokesperson Arthur Morgan TD has said the Lisbon Treaty, if passed, will be a further blow to workers rights. Speaking in the Dáil today on the Twenty Eight Amendment of the Constitution Bill 2008 Deputy Morgan said a general shift to the right by the EU has seen the implementation of an agenda of privatisation, deregulation and attacks on workers' rights.

He said, "Sinn Féin believes that co-operation with our European partners is valuable and must continue. We have supported EU measures that are in Ireland's interests, particularly those which have, in the past, advanced workers' rights. However, not everything emanating from Europe has been good for workers in this state.

"A general shift to the right by the EU has seen the implementation of an agenda of privatisation, deregulation and attacks on workers' rights.

"This Treaty, which is being supported by the Government and the rest of the opposition parties is a further blow to workers' rights.

"The Treaty Protocol on the Internal Market and Competition provides the EU with a mandate to remove 'distortions' to service provision - which are likely to include important protective workers' rights regulations. It also has the potential to prohibit state funding of public services - putting both those services, like health and education, as well as workers' jobs at risk.

"There is much more in this Treaty that will damage the ability of our economy to function and impact on workers - not least the fact that it compounds the privatization agenda of the EU, an agenda which has not served this state well. We only have to look at Eircom; a company known only for its profiteering and debts while still providing us with the worst broadband in Europe and the highest line-rental costs.

"This Treaty is a bad deal for the workers of Ireland and should be rejected." ENDS

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