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Sinn Féin is firmly on the side of workers – Cullinane

22 April, 2015 - by David Cullinane TD

Sinn Féin’s Workers Rights spokesperson David Cullinane today launched the party’s document on ‘Decent Work and the Living Wage and called for the introduction of legislation to protect vulnerable workers.

Speaking after the launch, Senator Cullinane said:

“Ireland has a serious problem when it comes to low pay and the exploitation of workers. Almost 350,000 workers experience deprivation and another 12% are at risk of poverty.

“Low pay is not good for workers. It is bad for the economy and for the wider society, and it places huge costs on the state in terms of social transfers.  

“This government is building an economy on low pay. The establishment of the Low Pay Commission is a desperate attempt by the Labour Party in government to present a façade of still caring about workers’ rights. The Low Pay Commission is limited in its scope and composition. What is needed is action, and not cheap words.

 “Sinn Féin believes the government has a responsibility to regulate the labour market to ensure that work pays. We want decent work for decent pay. Our document ‘Decent Work and the Living Wage’ sets out a number of key policy initiatives that we believe are crucial to ending in-work poverty.

“We want the immediate introduction of collective bargaining which compels employers to recognize and engage with trade unions and robust anti-victimization legislation.

“We want an end to zero hour contracts, and legislation that provides a legal entitlement to workers to full time work and to banded hours.  

“Building a fair economy means you must also invest in decent public services, especially in   housing, public transport and universal childcare provision.

 “Vulnerable workers and their families continue to pay a huge price for the Labour Party’s participation in Government.  

 “Sinn Féin is on the side of workers and we firmly believe that decent work and decent pay is central to creating a more equal society and long-term sustainable economic growth.” 

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