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While Tesco workers struggle for fairness, Fianna Fáil blocks workers' rights legislation in the Dáil - David Cullinane TD

22 February, 2017 - by David Cullinane TD


David Cullinane TD, Sinn Féin spokesperson for workers rights, said this evening that it is inexplicible as to why Fianna Fail would block legislation designed to allow workers access to their rights.

Speaking after the Dáil debate on his Right to Access Bill, Deputy Cullinane said:

"There is nothing more intimidating than having an employer threaten you with the sack if you do not do as they say. Te reason why we have trade unions is to protect workers in this situation. And for that to happen they need to be able to meet their members.

"My bill gives a legislative structure to this balanced and reasonable right, and yet Fianna Fáil have said that they will vote against it.

"I fail to see how allowing trade unions meet their members is a threat to anyone except bad employers.

"For Fianna Fail, such a right is a right too far for working people.

"This morning, Micheál Martin stood up in the Dáil and voiced his support for Bus Éireann drivers.

"However, they blocked this significant legislation while Tesco workers are out on the picket line fighting for basic fairness.

"The message from Fianna Fáil to workers this evening is spoken with the forked-tongue of a party that is only committed to paying lip service to workers' rights.

"Tonight, Micheál Martin's party stated that it will block any attempt to give those workers a fair deal in negotiations.

"I applaud the other parties that have voiced their support for the Bill."

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