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Introduction of Regulation Orders ‘good for workers’ rights’ – Cullinane

1 October, 2015 - by David Cullinane TD

Sinn Féin’s Workers Rights spokesperson David Cullinane has welcomed the signing into law of two new Employment Regulation Orders (EROs) which will benefit 45,000 low paid workers in the cleaning and security sectors.

Senator Cullinane said:

“This is a good day for workers’ rights and especially for low paid workers in the contract cleaning and security sectors.

“The signing into law of two new EROs will protect the pay and working conditions of thousands of vulnerable workers in these sectors.

“The enactment of the new ERO’s  is a victory not just for the workers concerned but also for the wider trade union movement and I commend SIPTU for their efforts in securing this deal.

“This was no easy task in the current climate where we have seen the ongoing erosion of workers’ rights and the growth of exploitative and precarious work practices.  

“The abolition of the Joint Labour Committees in 2011 left a gaping void in the area of workers’ rights and today’s announcement goes some way to rectifying that situation.

“The task now is to ensure that all workers especially those on low pay and in precarious work have decent work and a decent wage.

“There is an onus on us all going forward is bring an end to the exploitation and intimidation of workers and to ensure that work pays.

“As today has shown, this will only be achieved by the introduction of robust workers right legislation and with the support of strong and radical trade union movement.” 

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