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Morgan calls for Eircom workers to be paid increase

22 June, 2007


Speaking following reports that the Communication Workers Union are to ballot for industrial action in a dispute over payment under the national wage agreement, Sinn Fein spokesperson on workers rights Deputy Arthur Morgan called on owners of the telecom company Babcock and Brown to pay the 2% increase the workers are due under the terms of the Social Partnership Agreement, Towards 2016.

The Louth TD said, "The company is withholding a 2% pay increase due to the Eircom workers under the terms of Towards 2016 and the national pay agreement. It is unacceptable that the management of this company is asking the unions to sign any sort of 'memorandum of understating' on work practices before the pay increase is implemented.

"Workers are entitled to this increase regardless of any changes in work practises that management may want to bring about. Disputes such as this undermine the whole purpose of national wage agreements. You cannot go about asking workers to engage in this process of reaching a wage agreement through the social partnership mechanisms and then renege on it by asking them to agree to pre-conditions to work practices in exchange for receiving a pay increase they are already entitled to. It defies belief.

"There are over 5,000 staff involved in this dispute. Sinn Féin is calling on the management of the company to pay them what they are rightfully entitled to and avoid the potential strike action." ENDS

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