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Health and safety legislation and enforcement in the workplace is a necessity - David Cullinane TD

27 April, 2018 - by David Cullinane TD

Fourteen people have died in world-related injuries this year, a statistic that shows the necessity of health and safety legislation and enforcement in the workplace, said David Cullinane, Sinn Féin spokesperson for workers rights today.

Speaking on the occasion of World Day for Safety and Health at Work, Deputy Cullinane said:

"The safety of people in the workplace should be of paramount importance to any government - yet Fine Gael and its coalition partners in Fianna Fáil are happy to issue statements and little else on the issue.

"I have brought forward a number of bills that would improve the conditions of workers and each time they have been rejected or blocked by the two right-wing parties in this state.

"The Extreme Weather Bill was rejected by both Fianna Fáil and Fine Gael, while both my banded hours and tactical insolvency bills are being held up by the Taoiseach's office pending money messages.

"The former deals with physical threats to workers, while the latter address the mental strain and anxiety caused by uncertain hours and fears of pension losses. 

"As we reflect today on health and safety at work, we must remember that robust legislation coupled with a strong and effective investigative and sanction environment is key to the issue.

"That is why Sinn Féin has been producing bills that do just that, as well as committing funds in any future government it is part of to the workplace Relations Commission and the recruitment of more inspectors.

"Fourteen deaths at work this year alone is fourteen too much. 

"We need to protect the mental and physical health of workers. Government cannot shy away from this as Fine Gael and Fianna Fáil have.

"Workers rights are human rights, and Sinn Féin is committed to protecting and strengthening them both."

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