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No Half-Rights for Gardaí – Cullinane

12 December, 2016 - by David Cullinane TD

David Cullinane, Sinn Féin spokesperson for workers’ rights, has criticised the new report on Garda pay and industrial relations, saying that “there can be no half-rights when it comes to workers’ rights”.

Deputy Cullinane said:

“It is an utter disgrace that anyone would call for a workers’ pension to be cut if they do not accept unjust work and pay conditions. 

“The right of Gardaí to withhold their labour was acknowledged in May 2014 by the European Committee of Social Rights, which ruled that members of An Garda Síochána should be permitted to strike, negotiate pay and engage in union action. 

“This was later upheld by no less a body than the Council of Europe.

“John Horgan, who opposed the introduction of the national minimum wage in 1999, has produced a report that, if implemented, would be a regressive step in Irish industrial relations.

“It is clear that it would soon be expanded to cover front-line workers in areas such as health and education, as well as those in energy and essential infrastructure.

“Sinn Féin will utterly oppose any move to introduce such punitive measures for Gardaí.

“There can be no half-rights when it comes to workers’ rights.” 

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