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Gavan calls for Limerick Campaign against Precarious Work at Robert Byrne Commemoration

9 April, 2018 - by Paul Gavan

Speaking at the annual Robert Byrne commemoration in Mount St Lawrence Cemetery, Sinn Féin Senator Paul Gavan reminded those present that next year will mark the 100th anniversary of the killing of Byrne, a Trade Union Activist and Republican, by the Royal Irish Constabulary, and also the 100th anniversary of the Limerick Soviet. 

Senator Gavan said:

“The best way to honour the memory of Robert Byrne who gave his life not just for the freedom of our country but also for the liberation of working people is to work for the end of exploitation of working people in our economy today.

“The number of young people engaged in internships, temporary work, part-time jobs, and ‘if-and-when’ contracts are making up an ever growing share of the labour force. This trend is leaving young workers in particular exposed to exploitation.

“All of us should work to make sure that 2019, the anniversary of the Limerick Soviet, becomes the year when the growth of precarious work in our city is halted. As a proud member of SIPTU, I know this can only be done by working with the trade union movement, and building a local alliance to ensure that every worker in our city has an opportunity to get decent pay and decent hours of work. At national level, Sinn Féin will continue to argue for effective legislative protection for working people, and their right to be represented by the trade union of their choice.”

A crowd of over 50 people, including local Sinn Féin TD Maurice Quinlivan and Councillors John Costelloe, Séighin O’Ceallaigh and Malachy McCreesh, and President of Limerick Trades Council Mike McNamara, gathered to remember Robert Byrne whose death sparked the rise of the Limerick Soviet 99 years ago this week.

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