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Cullinane welcomes comments from Jack O Connor and calls for dialogue

31 January, 2015 - by David Cullinane TD

Sinn Fein National Spokesperson on Workers Rights and Trade Union engagement Senator David Cullinane has welcomed comments from SIPTU General President Jack O' Connor on the need for a left led Government and the need to address the wages and conditions of workers.

Speaking today Senator Cullinane said:

"I welcome today's comments from SIPTU General President Jack O' Connor. The political landscape is changing in Ireland and across Europe. More and more people are demanding real change and an end to conservative politics and austerity economics.

“The impact of these austerity economics by the previous and current Irish Government has been to reduce wages, reduce hours worked, undermine public services and place additional charges such as the family home tax and water charges on struggling citizens. This is unfair, unacceptable and not sustainable.

"Sinn Fein is about real change and a transformation of politics on this island. We want a fair recovery, investment in public services, decent pay and strong and robust employment rights. A new politics is possible in Ireland and across the EU. Sinn Fein is a central part of that new politics.

"Sinn Fein fully supports the need for a debt conference to address the legacy debt placed on the Irish people. We are committed to quality jobs, fair hours and an increase in the minimum wage. Next week the party will host a conference on these issues which will be addressed by ICTU General Secretary Patricia King.

“Sinn Fein is committed to forming broad alliances with like-minded parties and independents to maximise the potential for an Irish Government that is anti-austerity, committed to building a fair recovery and to delivering a republic for all its citizens"

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