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David Cullinane TD presses Taoiseach on Trade Union recognition

25 May, 2016 - by David Cullinane TD

David Cullinane, Sinn Féin spokesperson on Workers' Rights, today raised with the Taoiseach the issue of weak collective bargaining rights as they currently stand and said that the Industrial Relations (Amendment) Act 2015 does not go far enough and does not provide for trade union recognition.

Deputy Cullinane said:

“The Taoiseach's response today was completely unsatisfactory.

“He said that Trade Unions should 'push the 2015 act' to its limits. The problem is that it is the Act itself that imposes very real limits on trade unions in the first place.

“The right of access for trade union officials to meet workers in their workplace is at the discretion of the employer and this needs to be rectified.

“The Taoiseach went on to say that there are competing rights between employers and employees.

“However those rights at present are loaded in favour of employers and are exploited by unscrupulous employers.

“This needs to be addressed through proper legislation that brings actual balance to these competing rights, rather than the Fine Gael way which is to take the side of companies willing to use the law to circumvent the rights of employees at all times.

“We can see that when it comes to workers' rights in this State, the new politics of this cosy Fine Gael-Fianna Fail agreement has a very old feel to it.”


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