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Sinn Féin supports striking Irish Ferries workers

2 December, 2004


Sinn Féin spokesperson on Enterprise, Trade and Employment Arthur Morgan T.D. today joined striking Irish Ferries Workers as they protested outside the Dáil. Deputy Morgan has attempted to raise this matter with Minister in the Dáil on a number of occasions, but has been ruled out of order.

Arthur Morgan said, "The situation which has arisen at Irish Ferries is a matter of serious concern. I had asked the Minister for Enterprise Trade and Employment, by way of parliamentary question and standing orders, to intervene as a matter of urgency on behalf of workers at Irish Ferries who had been given only a brief period of time to consider a package which gave 150 workers the option of accepting redundancy or applying for transfer from Wexford to Dublin with no guarantee of retaining existing grade or pay scale.

"The company intends to operate the ferry under a flag of convenience replacing existing management and crew with low paid staff from other states. Time has come for the government to put an end to the practice of ferries and other ships working under flags of convenience where workers are subjected to derisory levels of pay and are left open to exploitation. The restructuring plan by Irish Ferries has the potential to effect almost ten times the number of jobs which are under threat at the moment as there is every chance that they will chose to eventually operate all their ferries under flags of convenience if they think they can get away with it." ENDS

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