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Adams - Massive show of strength for Irish Ferries' workers

9 December, 2005


Sinn Féin President Gerry Adams MP described today's rallies "as a massive show of strength for Irish Ferries workers". Mr. Adams said "Everybody knows that if Irish Ferries get their way it will have huge implications for every worker in this country. Today is about shouting stop and demanding that workers rights are protected". Mr. Adams joined party colleagues Mary Lou McDonald MEP, Caoimhghín Ó Caoláin TD, Aengus Ó Snodaigh TD and Sean Crowe TD at today‚s rally in Dublin. Sinn Féin elected representatives and activists also took part in rallies which are taking place in Belfast, Cork, Galway, Limerick, Rosslare Harbour, Athlone, Sligo and Waterford.

Mr. Adams said:

"Today's rallies were a massive show of strength for Irish Ferries workers. Everyone knows that if Irish Ferries get their way it will have huge implications for every worker in the country. Today is about shouting stop and demanding that all workers rights are protected. Today‚s rallies are a demand for a debate around the core values of how our society should be organised.

"Sinn Féin is committed to the protection of workers rights. We are opposed to the direction of the present government and the tactics of employers such as those in Irish Ferries.

"The Irish Ferries situation is only the latest example of the ill-treatment of workers in this country 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 workers rights as an acceptable practice in the search for profits. It is time that they realised that this is not the 19th century and there is no returning to the days of the mass exploitation.

"The contribution of workers across Ireland has been crucial in the economic growth of recent years. The protection of workers rights must go hand in hand with it continued success." ENDS

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