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Sinn Féin meets unions over Competition Authority interference with right of workers to collective representation

28 September, 2005


Sinn Féin employment Spokesperson Arthur Morgan T.D. today met with representatives of SIPTU, the NJU, Irish Equity Group and the Muscians Union of Ireland in relation to the fact that Competition Law is being mischievously used to attack the rights of certain workers, in particular actors, musicians, film crews and freelance journalists to be collectively represented. Deputy Morgan later sought to secure a debate on the adjournment on the matter.

Deputy Morgan said, "Workers rights are being increasingly trampled on. Competition Law is being mischievously used to attack the rights of certain workers, in particular actors, musicians, film crews and freelance journalists to be collectively represented. The Competition Authority is treating the workers in question as commercial companies and mischievously using a measure designed to prevent price fixing to attack the right of freelance workers to collectively representation on pay and other issues. The representatives of the Union who I met today made clear that the wages of the low paid vulnerable workers who they represented are being undermined by the dubious interpretations of competition law by the competition authority. Sinn Féin is demanding that the Minister for Enterprise, Trade and Employment Mícheál Martin amend the Industrial Relations Acts in respect of the definition of employee in order to rectify this unacceptable situation." ENDS

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