Seanad unites behind Sinn Féin motion to back Lloyds Pharmacy workers in dispute – Senator Máire Devine
Sinn Féin Senator Máire Devine has welcomed the decision taken by the Seanad this afternoon to call on Lloyds Pharmacy management to respect the rights of their workers and to introduce the Labour Court recommendations of 2017.
This decision was as a result of a motion proposed by the Sinn Féin Seanad team and it had the support of all parties and groups in the chamber.
The motion is a timely show of solidarity as Mandate trade union members enter their third period of strike tomorrow morning.
Senator Devine said:
“Today the Seanad has sent a simple, clear message message to Lloyds Pharmacy management that they must respect the rights of their workers and implement the recommendations of the Labour Court, which were agreed to in February 2017.
“Mandate trade union have repeatedly made it clear that this dispute can end – all that is required is that Lloyds Pharmacy management engage meaningfully with the workers through their representative union Mandate, and that previously agreed to demands are implemented.
“The fact that this motion has received so much cross party support highlights that all right thinking people can see that the case being made by Mandate is just and reasonable.
“Today, we are calling on Lloyds Pharmacy to heed the united call of the Seanad and to take immediate steps to end this dispute by recognising the rights and just demands of their workers.”