Sinn Féin stands with Lloyds Pharmacy workers - David Cullinane TD
Sinn Féin spokesperson for Workers Rights David Cullinane TD has today said that work must pay, and that Lloyds Pharmacy should respect the decision of the Labour Court and implement its decision.
Deputy Cullinane said:
"The current dispute between Mandate trade union and Lloyds Pharmacy is about fairness and recognition.
"The Irish Labour Court recently said that Lloyds should recognise Mandate as the trade union represents over 190 workers at the company.
"Lloyds Pharmacy refuses to do so.
"The company holds contracts with the Health Service Executive (HSE) - a public state body - while refusing to acknowledge the Irish Labour Court - another public state body.
"All too often this is the case.
"Companies will seek out and receive state contracts while refusing to engage with the state's industrial relations mechanism.
"This cannot be allowed to continue.
"Sinn Féin stands with Mandate and its members in Lloyds Pharmacy in their fight for trade union recognition.
“It shows that we need to legislate to allow trade unions to represent their members in formal procedures underpinned by legal rights.
“The future of Irish trade unions is rights underpinned by law.”