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Government must stop hiding behind apron strings of legal argument and support low-income workers – Tóibín

19 July, 2011

Sinn Féin spokesperson on Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation, Peadar Tóibín, will today present his party’s Industrial Relations (Amendment) Bill 2011 to the Dáil.

Speaking this afternoon, Deputy Tóibín said:

“This Bill serves to give legal standing to JLCs and Employment Regulation Orders.

“In presenting this Bill today Sinn Féin will give the Government an opportunity to finally redeem themselves, to stop hiding behind the apron strings of legal argument and to come out and support the most vulnerable employees in the workforce.

“We are faced with a labour crisis, where on one hand we have a government who are not prepared to stand up and take action to protect 180,000 workers. The government have claimed that it is too complicated to legislate to protect those workers affected by the recent High Court judgement to strike down the JLCs. On the other hand we have Fianna Fáil tabling a bill this evening knowing full well the crisis was of their making. The 180,000 families who face an uncertain future do so because Fianna Fáil, just like this government sat on their hands when they could have done the right thing when they were in government.

“Our Bill, supported by UNITE , MANDATE and campaign groups, is the most mature and reasonable response to the crisis. I would hope that the Government see the error of their ways and throw their weight behind the bill. It is totally unacceptable that while Government Ministers are preparing for holidays, workers are preparing for months of uncertainty and further attacks on their wages.”

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