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Gerry Adams expresses solidarity with Irish Ferries workers and calls for licensing regime for ferries

3 November, 2005


Today in a letter to be read out at the rally in support of the workers at Irish Ferris outside the Dáil, the Sinn Féin President, Gerry Adams, expressed his solidarity with their cause. Mr Adams congratulated the workers for "standing up and defending your rights in the face of corporate greed." He went on to say that the "displacement of Irish workers at a profitable company is unacceptable". He further called on the Government to "introduce a licensing regime for ferries operating within Irish territorial waters to prevent the outsourcing of labour and the exploitation of workers."

The full text of Mr Adams letter of support is as follows:

A chairde,

Sinn Féin wishes to express our solidarity with the workers at Irish Ferries, who are facing forced redundancy. We congratulate you for standing up and defending your rights in the face of corporate greed. If you did not do this, workers present and future would suffer, and terms and conditions won over many years would be swept away.

The displacement of Irish workers at a profitable company is unacceptable. The exploitation of workers on board ferries operating under flags of convenience out of Irish ports must not be permitted. To the migrant workers on board the 'Normandy' we vow to continue to raise the unacceptable regime on that ship in the Dáil, the European Parliament and elsewhere.

Sinn Féin is demanding the Government call on the European Commission to urgently introduce a European Ferries Directive, to combat 'social dumping' on ferries and set minimum labour standards on intra- EU ferries.

We are also calling on the Government to introduce a licensing regime for ferries operating within Irish territorial waters to prevent the outsourcing of labour and the exploitation of workers.

Sinn Féin will continue to support you, the workers at Irish Ferries, in your campaign to retain your jobs with current pay and conditions.

Is mise

Gerry Adams

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