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Government must refuse contracts to companies without Trade Union recognition

5 September, 2006


West Dublin Sinn Féin general election candidate Joanne Spain has called on the Government to ensure that all contracts handed out by the State to sub-contractors are given to companies that recognise trade unions. Ms. Spain was speaking today after workers at the National Aquatic Centre voted for industrial action in a dispute over the cutting of workers hours, wrongful dismissals and failure of the company to recognise the workers union, SIPTU.

She said, "It is an absolute disgrace that a Government contract was handed out to a company that refuses to recognise the right of workers to be represented by their trade union. As a result of which, just three years into its operation the National Aquatic Centre now faces a revolt by its workers.

"Workers grievances centre on the cutting of life-guards hours and the wrongful dismissal of four workers. However, it is the failure of the company, Dublin Water-world Limited, to recognise SIPTU that has meant these issues could not be resolved in the normal manner. Had the contract to run the centre for the Government, been given to a company that recognises Trade Unions then they would not now be facing industrial action.

"Given the many recent cases of workers exploitation in Ireland it is essential that the Government set an example to the rest of the employers in the state. It is up to them to lead the way and set an example in protecting workers rights. Therefore, first and foremost they must never again award a contract to any company that refuses to recognise the right of workers to be represented by their trade unions." ENDS

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