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Workers’ rights again an issue with public contracts – Cullinane

24 May, 2016 - by David Cullinane TD

Deputy David Cullinane, Sinn Féin spokesperson on workers’ rights, said today that the reports of sackings at the Poolbeg incinerator site raise serious concerns around industrial mechanisms and public contracts.

Deputy Cullinane said:

“The reports of 100 workers out on strike because of the sacking of three workers at the weekend is a worrying development for a site that is being funded to a significant degree by the public.

“I have been in contact with Sinn Féin local councillor Chris Andrews who is at the site and he confirmed that the workers are out and that both Unite and SIPTU are now engaged in the process of  protecting the rights of their members.

“Earlier this year we saw 999 Emergency Call Operators being subject to unacceptable work conditions, and again this was with a company operating under a public contract.

“It is simply not acceptable for any worker to find out they have been sacked or made redundant from a text.

“We need transparency around work conditions and rates of pay, in particular in relation to contracts that are funded in part or in whole with public funds.”

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