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Ó Snodaigh calls for trade union unity to fight cuts in pay and conditions

29 July, 2011 - by Aengus Ó Snodaigh TD

Sinn Féin’s spokesperson on social protection, Aengus Ó Snodaigh TD, appealed for “maximum trade union and political unity in facing down government attempts to undermine pay, conditions and legal entitlements of those in service industries.”

Speaking today Deputy Ó Snodaigh said:

“As Minster Bruton undermines pay and conditions of workers in the services industry it is clear we need maximum unity to oppose these reforms.

“The government, in a calculated move, waited for the High Court hearing on Joint Labour Committees, then waited for the summer recess to make yesterday’s announcement. Sinn Féin has consistently maintained that this would be the unfortunate outcome if legislation was not brought in to support the JLCs before the Dáil went into recess.

“This government needs to be made rethink its strategy. A cut in pay for these workers will further deflate the economy. Today's figures on retail spending show the politics of austerity is not working.

“Sinn Féin is proposing that all unions regardless of party affiliation, come together to force the government to reverse these decisions. SIPTU, UNITE and Mandate have a responsibility to represent all members that includes the most vulnerable of the workforce.

“We will use our influence to work with all unions so maximum pressure is brought to bear on the government, but particularly on the Labour Party.” ENDS

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