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Sinn Féin call for mandatory trade union recognition – Cullinane

7 July, 2015 - by David Cullinane TD

Sinn Féin’s Workers Rights spokesperson David Cullinane has called for the introduction of mandatory trade union recognition. Speaking during debate on the Industrial Relations (Amendment) Bill 2015.

Senator Cullinane said:

“While I welcome aspects of the bill we need to face up to the fact that when it comes to worker’s rights, the balance of power rests firmly with the employer.

“We have seen this repeatedly over the last few years. Take for example Ryanair or workers at Lagan Brick, Clerys, and Dunnes Stores.

“In all of these cases powerful employers refused to engage with trade unions and workers were unable to vindicate their right to be represented by their trade union.  

“The voluntarist system whereby trade unions and employers engage with each other on a voluntary basis has failed to protect workers.

“If we genuinely believe  the  ongoing exploitation of workers at Dunnes Stores is wrong then we must acknowledge the need for constitutional change to provide mandatory trade union recognition.

“Sinn Féin believes this is the only way to deal with the imbalance in Irish industrial relations law.   

“It’s time for Ireland to come into line with collective bargaining legislation in the other EU countries.

“If we want to build a decent society with a sustainable economy then we must have a fair recovery and this requires robust worker’s rights.

“Sinn Fein is committed to trade union recognition and we will make mandatory collective bargaining part of our programme for government.” 

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