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Ferris reiterates support for Day of Action

2 November, 2009 - by Martin Ferris TD

The Sinn Féin Spokesperson on Workers Rights, Martin Ferris TD has reiterated his party’s support for the trade union day of action on Tuesday November 24. He also questioned the motives behind the criticism of the one day strike made by Labour’s Sean Sherlock.

Deputy Ferris said: “Sinn Féin is fully behind the November 24th action, as are the vast majority of workers who share similar concerns to those in the public sector. Indeed November 24th is not a sectoral action but one that is part of an overall campaign by all trade union members to highlight the damage that will be inflicted if the Government implements the type of cutbacks suggested.

“I would also question the motives behind Deputy Sherlock’s statement and wonder whether he represents the overall view within his party. It is unfortunate and only serves to boost the carefully fostered notion that there is some diversion of interests between workers in the public and private sectors.

“Public sector workers are obviously protesting at proposals that will directly affect their own members but are also highlighting the fact that the proposed cuts will have a devastating impact across Irish society, affecting as they do key areas of public provision in health, education, policing and so on.” ENDS

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