Labour Party concern for workers rights is gross hypocrisy – Maurice Quinlivan TD
The Sinn Féin spokesperson on Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation Maurice Quinlivan TD has accused the Labour Party of gross hypocrisy and of failing to defend the rights of workers while in government. Speaking during debate on the Labour motion calling for greater protection of workers
Deputy Quinlivan said:
“I welcome any initiative to protect workers’ rights but the hypocrisy at the core of this motion is staggering.
“The motion calls on the Dáil to ‘stand up for working people and ensure employees secure a fair share of national prosperity’.
“These are fine sentiments but this motion is sponsored by a party who was a partner in the most right-wing government since the foundation of the state.
“In government, Labour and Fine Gael went vulture like after the incomes of ordinary working people and waged war on the living standards of the most vulnerable.
“The policy of austerity stretched beyond people’s pay packets and funding for key public services was slashed and the state’s industrial relations architecture dismantled.
“The end result of five years of Labour/Fine Gael government is that across the board, in both the public and private sector, workers pay and conditions have dramatically deteriorated
“In government Labour introduced policies that increased levels of deprivation, and in-work poverty. These policies were bad for workers, bad for the economy, and bad for society.
“On top of this they slashed funding for key public services such as health, social housing, and public transport.
“This is Labour’s legacy to working people and to the exasperated working/ middle classes who have nothing more to give.
“Labour’s new found concern for workers rights is fooling no-one and can only be described as political amnesia and a pathetic shift in tactics from a floundering party”.