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Fianna Fáil’s concern for workers rights is populist and fake – Cullinane

25 April, 2015 - by David Cullinane TD

Sinn Féin’s Workers Rights spokesperson David Cullinane has labelled Fianna Fáil’s concern about low pay and vulnerable workers as opportunist hypocrisy. Commenting on motions submitted to the Fianna Fáil Ard Fheis, Senator Cullinane said:

“How could anyone take these motions on workers rights seriously?

“Are we really expected to believe Fianna Fáil is genuinely concerned about the gender pay gap, zero hour contracts, low pay and the victimization of vulnerable workers?

“This is a party that has been in power since the 1930s and never introduced collective bargaining compelling employers to recognize trade unions and to engage with them on pay and conditions.

“By calling at its Ard Fheis for an increase in the minimum wage Fianna Fáil is engaging in crude populism. This is the same party that cut the minimum wage by one euro to €7.65 in 2011 without batting an eyelid.

“While in power they could have introduced universal childcare provision which would have dramatically improved life for low paid female workers, again it chose not to.

“To be calling now for childcare provision is pure electioneering.

“Sixty percent of low-paid workers are women and while 25% of all workers earn less than the living wage of €11.45 per hour, 50% of all women workers earn €20,000 per annum or less.

“This did not happen overnight and Fianna Fáil has to take a huge amount of responsibility for this state of affairs.

“Fianna Fáil’s newfound concern for workers right just doesn’t wash, it’s populist and fake."

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