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Government's draconian decision will cost jobs and growth – Cullinane

28 July, 2011

Sinn Féin spokesperson on workers' rights, Senator David Cullinane has branded as "gross hypocrisy” the new 'inability to pay clause' for employers.

Senator Cullinane said:

“This government has no shame. In the same week the cabinet introduces the new household charge, Minister Bruton gives employers the green light not to pay wages that were agreed. Yet again we see evidence of this government, in a very calculated way, using the vacuum created by the recent High Court ruling on Joint Labour Committees to undermine employees’ pay and conditions.

“It will come as a great surprise to many voters that we now have Labour in government assisting in the erosion of hard won gains for the lowest paid workers in Ireland's economy.

“Cutting wages will do nothing to stimulate the economy or create jobs. It will, in fact, have the opposite effect. It will reduce consumer spending and further shrink the economy. This government would rather attack the most vulnerable in our workforce than put in place stimulus packages that would grow the economy and create jobs.

“Sinn Féin will be contacting the both the Minister and the unions today to see how this draconian decision can be overturned.”

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