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Dunnes Stores Strike Highlights need for Government to fully implement EU Part Time Working Directive – Carthy

2 April, 2015 - by Matt Carthy MEP

Speaking today in solidarity with the Dunnes Stores Workers, Sinn Féin MEP for the  Midlands North West Matt Carthy has stated that the Government must review the implementation of the EU part time working directive.

Carthy said:

“I fully commend and support the Dunnes Stores Workers today and I call on the Government, political parties and the general public to show their solidarity and support in any way possible.

“This strike is about the right of the workers of Dunnes Stores to be treated with fairness, dignity and respect.

“The campaign by Dunnes Stores workers not only highlights their own working conditions but is reflective of the situation of many workers across this state.

“CSO figures from 2014 state that over 129,000 people in this state are underemployed, while live register figures from this week show that 20% of all those signing on the live register are part time workers.

“Low paid, casual and part-time work has become entrenched in Ireland’s labour force under the watch of this Government and Fine Gael and Labour have done precious little to address the problem in any meaningful way.

“While there are a number of actions needed to adequately address this growing problem, one of the recommendations made by Mandate Trade Union over two years ago in its report on precarious work was to strengthen the implementation of the European Part Time Working Directive.

“The Union outlined how the current situation effectively gives employers a veto with regard to changes in working hours and argued for more formal processes to give effect to the rights of workers under this directive.

“These recommendations were largely ignored by the current Government and it begs the question – what is the point of labour in Government if it cannot protect vulnerable workers?

"An economic recovery cannot be founded on low pay and under employment - it is ordinary workers like those in Dunnes Stores who will be the backbone of any recovery and they deserve to be treated with respect by employers and Government alike."

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