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Gerry Adams calls for mass mobilisation in support of Irish Ferries workers

8 December, 2005

Sinn Féin President Gerry Adams, National Chairperson Mary Lou McDonald MEP and Sinn Féin spokesperson on Enterprise and Trade, Arthur Morgan TD have made a joint call to the people of Ireland to mobilise tomorrow in support of workers at the Irish Ferries company.

Speaking today Party President Gerry Adams said: "Tomorrow's rally is about sending out a message to government and big business that the exploitation of workers will not be tolerated. The Irish Ferries situation is but the latest example of the ill-treatment of workers in this state and across Europe.

"Increasingly, workers are viewed as simply another commodity to be used and abused at the whim of their employers. Some companies view the chipping away of their rights as an acceptable practice as long as it leads to increases in already bloated profits.

"We need to be sending a clear message to government that this type of behaviour will not be tolerated. The wringing of hands and a statement saying that the issue is beyond their control is not good enough. It is vital that we stand together to protect the rights of all workers.

"On behalf of the Sinn Féin leadership I am calling upon the people of Ireland to come out in support of tomorrow‚s rallies in Dublin and across the country. The people of Ireland rightly gave their support to the Rossport Five against the multinationals, now it is time we faced down this latest threat to the rights and conditions of our workers, whether they are Irish or foreign nationals." ENDS

Note to Editor: Rallies will be held in Dublin, Belfast, Cork, Galway, Limerick, Rosslare Harbour, Athlone, Sligo and Waterford. Demonstrations will be held at 1.30pm in each of these locations.

The Belfast and District Trades Union Council (B&DTUC) have arranged a solidarity demo in Belfast for 1.00pm on Friday 9th December outside the UTV offices, Havelock House, Ormeau Road, Belfast.

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