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Government and Troika share ideology on low paid workers: Toibín

19 January, 2012

Peadar Tóibín, Sinn Féin Spokesperson on Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation responding to the government’s press conference and plans to attack low paid workers further, said:

“Sinn Féin tabled legislation over six months ago to safeguard the rights of low-paid workers under the protection of the JLC scheme. The government this week eventually brought forward their bill to the Dáil this week.

“Today we have learnt that the government has now struck a deal with the Troika that will further erode the rights these workers.

“It’s obvious from their statements that this government and the Troika share the same ideology and approach. It appears they have agreed further measures to undermine the rights of low paid workers, reduces the wages of those most in need and will not create jobs.

“It is also an insult to the democratic process that a deal is struck between the Troika and Government while the Dáil is still discussing the issue. It appears that changes made with the Troika will be forced through the Dáil and imposed on workers and trade unions.

“I have sought that the Minister makes public his discussions and agreement with the Troika.’

“The government have also conceded on the disposal of billions of euros worth of fully functioning and productive state assets. The spin is that some of the capital gained will go into job creation. The fact is that these state assets could access capital from the European Invest Bank to implement jobs creation projects such as a broadband upgrade.

“This country is paying through the nose to protect German and French banks. Ireland is being developed into a debt repayment agency at extreme cost to the Irish people. This government is working against the needs and the best interests of the Irish people.”

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