Legislation to protect rights of workers still missing 100 years after Lockout
Speaking on the 100th anniversary of the 1913 Lockout Dublin Sinn Féin TD Aengus Ó Snodaigh has called on the government to legislate for collective bargaining and trade union recognition.
Deputy Ó Snodaigh accused the Labour Party of betraying working people while in government.
“One hundred years ago today the working people of Dublin stood up against the intimidation of big businesses who were attempting to destroy the growing trade union movement.
“The Lockout was about the rights of workers to join a union, to negotiate collectively and to a decent wage and living standards.
“One hundred years on and not much has changed. Despite the presence of the Labour Party in government there is still no statutory right to collective bargaining or to union recognition and the wages and conditions of work are still under attack.
“The Labour Party has betrayed the working people during its time in government. Legislation should be brought forward immediately to allow for collective bargaining and trade union recognition and the anti-worker measures introduced by this government should be reversed.
“If the Labour Party has no intention of doing these things then they should leave government and allow the process of building an alternative, genuinely left, government.”