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Sinn Féin supports workers locked out over refusal to accept wage cut - Mac Aodháin

17 February, 2011


Sinn Féin's Dublin South East candidate Ruadhán Mac Aodháin has come out strongly in support of workers in the Davenport Hotel, Dublin, who have been taken off the roster because they have refused to sign a new contract reducing their wages in line with the cut to the National Minimum Wage. The contract is in clear breach of the assurance given by Brian Lenihan that no workers already on the €8.65 rate would be forced to accept a cut of €1 without their consent.  He said: “This unilateral decision by the O’Callaghan Group, who have been regular donors to the coffers of Fianna Fáil and Fine Gael, is a sign of what workers can expect unless the IMF/EU programme is thrown out. 

“The cut to the NMW is part of the Memorandum of Understanding, as is further provision to undermine the wage rates of other low paid workers. Workers already on the NMW were told that they could not be forced to take the cut. That has been shown to be a lie. 

“Sinn Féin stands fully behind the five locked out workers and calls on Fine Gael and Labour to explain how they intend to implement the austerity plan without further such attacks on the lower paid. Their commitment to reverse the cut will be shown to be an empty promise once they are in power implementing the bail out as they have said they will do.” ENDS

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