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de Brún supports Decent Work Campaign

3 September, 2008


de Brún supports Decent Work Campaign

Bairbre de Brún MEP has signed up to a campaign for decent work and underlined Sinn Féin's support for the elimination of poverty, saying that "one of the best ways to improve the lives of men and women is to ensure that people have access to stable and quality employment, social protection and rights in the workplace". These are the key themes of the "Decent Work" Campaign of the International Labour Organisation.

Signing up to the campaign in the European Parliament in Brussels de Brún said:

"One of the best ways to improve the lives of men and women is to ensure that people have access to stable and quality employment, social protection and rights in the workplace.

"The elimination of poverty is at the core of Sinn Féin's engagement with the European Union. The "Decent Work" campaign of the ILO addresses the key elements of such an approach, dealing as it does with workers' rights, social protection, and fair trade. It is against the deregulation of labour markets and the reduction in public spending. It is also critical of the way in which international financial institutions are imposing the privatisation of public services.

"All people have the right to work, to good working conditions and to an income that provides for their basic economic and social needs."

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Note to Editors:

Launched in October 2007 at the ILO Forum for a Fair Globalisation, the Call to Action for Decent Work Decent Life is an international petition urging decision makers to deliver on 7 key demands. On the World Day for Decent Work (7 October 2008), the list of MEPs having signed will be published in the European Media.

The collection of signatures in the European Parliament is being hosted by Jan Andersson MEP, Chair of the Employment and Social Affairs Committee

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