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Labour Party pledge of a Living Wage is crass electioneering – Cullinane

18 November, 2015 - by David Cullinane TD

Sinn Féin Workers Rights Spokesperson David Cullinane has described the announcement by Joan Burton that Labour will introduce a living wage if re-elected, as crass electioneering.

Senator Cullinane said:

“The statement that all state employees as well as those working for contractors employed by public bodies will be paid a living wage if Labour is retuned to government is a disgrace.

“Sinn Féin agrees that as the largest employer in the state the Government should lead by example.

“However, for Joan Burton and the Labour Party to use low paid workers as part of a slick campaign to get back into power is shameful.

“If they were really serious about tackling low pay, they had numerous opportunities during their almost five years in government to do so.  

“Instead, they set up the Low Pay Commission that recently gave a miserly fifty cent increase to workers on the minimum wage of €8.45 an hour. 

“Not only did they introduce five budgets that did nothing to address the issue of low pay and in-work poverty, they stood over draconian cuts to public services and social welfare payments.

“This is a party that refused to introduce legislation during the Dunnes Stores dispute that would have protected vulnerable workers from ruthless employers.

“It is the party that will not and cannot, deliver collective bargaining making trade union recognition mandatory.

“All Joan Burton’s Labour Party delivered for working people was austerity, homelessness, and a public health system that is in crisis.    

“It says a lot about Ms Burton and the Labour Party that they think it’s acceptable to use low paid workers to get back into power.  

“Labour’s days are numbered and their fake concern for workers’ pay and conditions is fooling no one.” 

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