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Sinn Féin welcomes O'Connor's call for Labour Party to protect lowpaid workers

3 October, 2011 - by Mary Lou McDonald TD


Sinn Féin’s deputy leader Mary Lou McDonald TD has welcomed the statements of SIPTU leader, Jack O’Connor at the union’s conference in Ennis yesterday (Monday).
In his opening speech to the gathering, the union leader said that it was a matter of “extreme urgency” that legislation be introduced, by the Labour Party, to reinstate the Joint Labour Committee protections of low-paid workers. He said this would be the “litmus test” of the Labour Party in government.
The Sinn Féin spokesperson on public expenditure and reform said that Jack O’Connor’s comments were welcome and constructive and added that the Labour Party had an opportunity this week to take the advice of the union leader, when her party, in the Dáil, will introduce a bill to reinstate the Joint Labour Committees and “so afford the necessary protection to the most vulnerable sector of workers in the state.”
The Sinn Féin bill will be proposed in the Dáil on Friday, under the new mechanism for private members’ bills to be brought forward.

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