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Varadkar plans for public sector could destroy Labour Court – Cullinane

22 May, 2017 - by David Cullinane TD

Sinn Féin spokesperson on Workers' Rights David Cullinane TD today criticised Leo Varadkar for his facile comments on curtailing the public servants right to strike.

Deputy Cullinane said: 

"It is well known that Leo Varadkar is a triumph of soundbite over substance.

"He wants to make Labour Court decisions that benefit the employer enforceable by law but also wants to keep decisions that benefit employees as nothing more than recommendations."

"This is nonsense.

"His daft idea would mean there would be no incentive for trade unions to use the labour court any more, as the benefits of a unenforceable recommendation in their favour would be completely outweighed by the injury of a statutory enforceable decision that goes against them."

"It also contradicts European Human rights law that sees the right to strike as a fundamental right of self-defence.

"Leo's ideas are there to appeal to the same out-of-touch Fine Gael base that thought 'keep the recovery going' was a winnable election platform.

"Fine Gael has nothing to offer ordinary working people. 

Neither Ministers Varadkar nor Coveney will change that, only a change of government can”

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