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Labour Senator must clarify position on assistant’s anti-union statements – Ellis

9 August, 2013 - by Dessie Ellis TD

Sinn Fein TD Dessie Ellis has called on Labour Senator John Kelly to clarify his position on statements made by his parliamentary assistant on NewsTalk’s Breakfast show this morning. The person in question who works for Senator Kelly made a number of anti-trade union statements while discussing the recent Dublin Bus strike.

Deputy Ellis said;

“It is shocking that a person employed by a Labour Senator would believe or utter such anti-union, ignorant nonsense. His statements included being against any strikes and stating that legislation should be made to stop workers striking.

“The assistant to John Kelly then went on to say that he agreed with Margaret Thatcher in the sentiment “Crush the unions”. I was completely shocked to hear this kind of rubbish from a Labour employee.

“This is particularly contemptible in the week of a strike by workers with a legitimate grievance, which received wide public support and concluded with Labour Court convened talks.

“Senator Kelly must clarify his position on these statements, which, while a logical conclusion based on the conduct of Labour in government, are a new departure in rhetoric for the party founded, funded and elected by union members.”

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