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The buck stops with the Labour Party in Dunnes Stores dispute – Cullinane

2 April, 2015 - by David Cullinane TD

The buck stops with the Labour Party in Dunnes Stores dispute – Senator David Cullinane

Sinn Féin Workers Rights Spokesperson Senator David Cullinane has called on the government to immediately introduce Collective Bargaining legislation to protect vulnerable workers. 

Speaking on the day of the one-day work stoppage by Dunnes Stores workers across the country, Senator Cullinane said:

“The government and particularly the Labour Party have to take responsibility for today’s stoppage. As part of the Programme for Government they gave a commitment to introduce Collective Bargaining legislation and three years on we have still to see the Heads of Bill.”

“It is ironic to hear Labour Party deputies bemoaning the fact that low paid workers have to go on strike to get certainty around their hours and trade union recognition. If robust collective bargaining legislation was in place, the workers at Dunnes Stores would have recourse to the law.” 

“However, because Labour is committed to a politics of austerity and in government with a conservative right wing party whose aim is to curtail rather than expand workers rights, the Dunnes workers have no choice other than to withdraw their labour.”

“The Labour Party should hang its head in shame that on their watch low paid vulnerable workers have to go on strike.”

“What all workers need, and especially the Dunnes Stores workers is the emergency introduction of collective bargaining legislation. The buck stops with the Labour Party - their failure to act will not be forgotten.” 

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