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High Court decision is anti-worker and anti-union – Cullinane

13 March, 2014 - by David Cullinane TD

Sinn Fein Workers Rights spokesperson Senator David Cullinane has said the government should immediately introduce collective bargaining legislation to protect workers.

Responding to the High Court decision to issue an injunction preventing SIPTU members at Dublin, Cork and Shannon airports from taking industrial action, Senator Cullinane said:

“I am very disappointed by this decision. It is anti-worker and anti-union.

I am not surprised Ryanair are yet again one of the principal parties to this injunction.

“The DAA and Ryanair argued the proposed strike was illegal and not a “valid trade dispute” as defined by the 1990 Industrial Relations Act.

“This is extremely worrying. The Supreme Court decision in May 2013 was the third in a trilogy of cases which all but destroyed the Irish system of industrial relations.

“Once again the Courts have sided with big business and the owners of private property and outlawed a legitimate stoppage about a very real trade dispute concerning the pension rights of workers.

“This decision is bad for workers and yet another setback for organized labor.

“Sinn Féin wants legislation that protects the rights of workers. As it stands, Ireland is only one of three of the EU 27 where collective bargaining is not enshrined in law.

“The government is in breach of EU law and they should immediately legislate to rectify this situation.

“Employers should be compelled by law to negotiate with trade unions. We also need strong anti-victimization laws, and end to low pay and the exploitation of vulnerable workers.”

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