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Trade Union leaders to address Sinn Féin conference on social partnership

17 November, 2005

Sinn Féin Workers Rights spokesperson Arthur Morgan TD today announced details of conference being held by the party on Saturday (19th) on the issue 'Is Sinn Féin support for social partnership possible?'. Among those addressing the conference are Deputy Morgan, Sinn Féin General Secretary Mitchel McLaughlin and Trade Union leaders Jack O'Connor and Mick O'Reilly. The conference will take place in Teachers Club, Parnell Square, Dublin 1.


  • Opening of conference by Arthur Morgan TD


  • Debate on Social Partnership - Chaired by Daithí Doolan
  • Advantages of Social Partnership - Jack O'Connor SIPTU
  • Disadvantages of Social Partnership - Mick O'Reilly ATGWU


  • Questions and Answers

Speaking in advance of the conference Deputy Morgan said:

"Nearly 20 years into the Social Partnership process, its future is increasingly uncertain with serious questions being raised about is value because of the treatment of workers at Irish Ferries and An Post.

"This weekend Sinn Féin is hosting a conference to discuss 'Is Sinn Féin support for Social Partnership possible?' We have argued that the current process was not in the interest of workers and was not designed to deliver for the disadvantaged and the low paid.

"At the conference this weekend we will be discussing a number of questions:- whether it is possible to construct a different model of Social Partnership, whether Sinn Féin support for Social Partnership possible at all? Is it possible to have a different type of Social Partnership? How should Sinn Féin approach this issue if in government? Would we seek to abolish Social Partnership altogether or retain it in an altered form?"ENDS

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