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Sinn Féin will protect Workers and Trade Unions – Cullinane

1 May, 2017 - by David Cullinane TD


Sinn Féin TD and spokesperson for Workers’ Rights David Cullinane has reiterated his party’s commitment to the protection and enhancement of trade union rights.

Speaking today on May Day, Deputy Cullinane said:

“Trade unions add to social cohesion.

“A society where workers are protected through legislation and collective organisation is one where decent levels of care and community thrive and survive.

“The establishment parties of Fianna Fáil and Fine Gael not only failed to protect workers, but have consciously and deliberately introduced policies which have increased levels of deprivation, inequality, and in-work poverty.

“These policies are bad for workers and bad for society in general.

“We have seen workers denied their rights and forced to engage in strikes and sit-in protests to achieve justice for themselves.

“Workers cannot afford to go to the doctor and their children languish on waiting lists for services which are available on demand in other European countries.

“This is the legacy that successive Fianna Fail, Fine Gael, and Labour governments have passed on to working people who have nothing more to give.

“Sinn Féin in government would legislative to provide trade unions access to their members in the workplace.

“We would ban zero-hour and if-and-when contracts.

“We would tackle the disgrace of tactical insolvencies and would appoint a super junior minister for labour affairs to oversee the re-strengthening of workers’ rights.

“After years of attack, we need to legislate to protect social cohesion. It is obvious that this Government is content to build an economy on low pay, if and when contracts and precarious work.

“This is unacceptable and unsustainable.

“Low pay is often subsidised by the state and is part of the race to the bottom.

“Only a government involving Sinn Fein will truly address low pay and exploitation in the workplace.” 

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