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Protecting jobs needs to be government priority: Cullinane

28 August, 2012 - by David Cullinane TD

Speaking from Leinster House today, the Sinn Féin Workers’ Rights Spokesperson said that, while clearly there was a responsibility on the company to pay what is due to the taxpayer,the rights of the workers involved needed to be taken into consideration.

“Once again, we are seeing that Government policy places a very low priority on the rights of workers, as individuals or collectively.”

“There is no question but that companies must pay their fair share of tax, however, it is clear that this has been handled quite poorly, and the consequently, once again, workers have been left high and dry.”

“Companies such as Target are struggling, to a large extent because of Government policies, including the cost of doing business, and particularly the cost of fuel. Indeed thousands of jobs have been lost in haulage over recent years for that reason.”

“The Revenue should have worked with the company, and given the company the opportunity to pay its taxes.There is no benefit for the taxpayer in 400 more workers being added to the live register. The Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation, Richard Bruton needs to intervene to ensure a resolution to the dispute at Target. Protecting jobs has to be the Government’s priority."

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