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SF reiterates demand for full enforcement of workers rights of May Day

1 May, 2006

Speaking on May Day, Sinn Féin spokesperson on Employment and Workers Rights, Arthur Morgan T.D. demanded action from the Government to ensure full enforcement of workers rights.

Deputy Morgan said, “May Day is International Workers Day and represents an opportunity to celebrate the important role played by Trade Unions and to reiterate calls for improved enforcement of employments law.

“International Workers Day has it origins in the fight by workers in the 19th century for the 8 hour day.  Today, as workers rights gained in a long hard fight by unions in the period since then come under increasing attack, there needs to be a firm commitment from the Government to put in place a strong regulatory and enforcement framework to ensure the protection of those rights.  The Labour inspectorate must be overhauled, expanded and resourced to ensure it can inspect enforcement for all legislation which falls within its remit.  There must be a particular emphasis on vulnerable workers and in particular on migrant workers who have been subject to exploitation.

“On this May Day we also recognise those workers who during the last year stood up and fought for their rights in the face of unscrupulous and anti-union employers – workers such as those at Irish Ferries and Gama and sacked shop steward Joanne Delaney who fought and won reinstatement after being fired for wearing a union pin”. ENDS

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