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Government must legislate for collective bargaining

10 May, 2012 - by Pearse Doherty TD


Speaking in the Dáil this morning Sinn Féin Deputy Leader Mary Lou McDonald TD called on the Tánaiste to deliver on the Programme for Government commitment to reform legislation on workers’ rights. The Labour leader failed to commit to a date by which the legislation will be delivered on.

Deputy McDonald said:

“The programme for Government contains a commitment to reform legislation on workers' rights to engage in collective bargaining to ensure compliance with recent judgments of the European Court of Human Rights.

“The court has ruled that the accepted right to join trade unions includes the right to bargain collectively.

“At the time of the campaign on the referendum on the Lisbon treaty and in its manifesto for last year's general election the Labour Party made the commitment to legislate for collective bargaining and that is reiterated in the Programme for Government.

“Vulnerable workers now more than ever need their rights to collective bargaining enshrined in law and protected, yet Labour will not commit to a date by which the legislation will be published.” ENDS

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