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Ryanair Union Recognition a Welcome Move - David Cullinane TD

15 December, 2017 - by David Cullinane TD

Sinn Féin spokesperson for workers' rights David Cullinane TD has said today that the decision by Ryanair to recognise trade unions for collective bargaining purposes is a welcome if long-overdue development.

Deputy Cullinane said:

"Ryanair have made the right decision to recognise trade unions.

"The Irish industrial relations system is there to resolve disputes but it can only do that if both sides agree to engage with each other.

"For too long employers have exploited the voluntarist nature of the Irish industrial relations system for their own ends.

"We have seen it with Dunnes and increasingly with private companies that are awarded public contracts.

"It is time that the right to be represented by a trade union was made a legal right.

"I, along with my colleague Imelda Munster, will be bringing forward legislation in the new year that will do exactly this.

"It is time to bring balance to Irish industrial relations and that means making recognition a legal right."

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