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Doolan -Industrial relations forced to new low by Brennan's behavior

18 March, 2004

Sinn Féin Representative for Dublin South East, Daithí Doolan, today called on Minister Seamus Brennan to come clean and take responsibility for the current new low in industrial relations.

Mr. Doolan said:

"In the last few days we have witnessed a new low in industrial relations. Where workers and the public are being held to ransom by a government Minister who would rather engage in megaphone politics and a Taoiseach issuing mysterious letters as opposed to engaging in meaningful dialogue in order to resolve the ongoing industrial dispute within our public transport sector.

I have spoken to senior union officials and registered my concern at the government‚s behavior and reiterated Sinn Féin‚s support for the NBRU and SIPTU‚s position. These unions are attempting to defend a critical public service and the standards it offers. The blame for the the current mess lies fairly and squarely at the door of Minister for Transport Seamus Brennan. It appears that the Minister would rather try to divide and break the unions in this state rather than do business with them. The public want and deserve a better service than what Brennan has on offer. This city needs a transport system based on need and accessibility not one based on Brennan's daft plan of unbridled privatisation than has been proven to fail the world over."

Mr. Doolan concluded by demanding the Taoiseach, "put manners on his Minister and engage in meaningful dialogue . The unions, the workers they represent and the public deserve nothing less." ENDS

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