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Charlie McCreevy's right wing agenda on privatization must not go unchallenged - Cllr Daithi Doolan

12 January, 2006

Sinn Féin Dublin City Councillor has travelled to the European Parliament in Brussels today to participate in a major conference to discuss ways in which the controversial 'Bolkestein Directive' can be defeated in Ireland
and across Europe. The directive aims to open up the services market to further privatization.

Mr Doolan joined party colleagues Bairbre de Brún MEP and Wexford Councillor John Dwyer at the event, which also attracted large numbers of trade union activists from across Europe including Irish representatives from SIPTU, Unison and the IWU.

Speaking from Brussels Mr Doolan said:

"Today's conference is about seeking ways to defeat this controversial proposal. Privatisation, deregulation, the destruction of services, and the undermining of workers rights, salaries and conditions have become part the new political consensus across Europe. If passed by the European Parliament the Directive will have a profound impact on the rights of workers across the EU.

"As the European Commissioner responsible for the EUs Internal Market, Charlie McCreevy bears a huge amount of responsibility for the current status of this wholly inappropriate directive. His anti-worker agenda is well known in Ireland and is increasingly being recognized across Europe. His approach is reflected right across the EU where governments are moving increasingly to the right. In turn, their nominees to the European Commission have shifted it to the right.

"I am particularly pleased at the trade union representation from Ireland here today. Their presence underpins the commitment from the workers' movement in Ireland to stand against the unbridled ethos of privatization which is currently sweeping across the EU. During the course of the day I have had a number of positive conversations with the trade union reps on this issue.

"In the coming weeks and months Sinn Féin will stand shoulder to shoulder with all of those who oppose this directive

"The Irish Government must signal its intention to oppose the Bolkestein Directive. The people of Rossport, the GAMA workers and the thousands who marched in support of the Irish Ferries workers are all proof that the
Irish people have started a fight back to reclaim their rights and entitlements." ENDS

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