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Morgan pledges Sinn Féin support for Eircom Workers

10 July, 2007


Sinn Féin Workers Rights Spokesperson Arthur Morgan TD has called on Eircom to pay its staff the increases due to them under the National Pay Agreement without any further delay. As the Communications Workers Union (CWU) voted in favour of industrial action today Deputy Morgan said it is totally unacceptable for management at the company to be making further demands on their workers in order to receive what they are already due.

Deputy Morgan said, "Sinn Féin fully supports the decision of the Communications Workers Union to serve strike notice on Eircom today. It is totally unacceptable that management at Eircom are attempting to use an already agreed pay rise as a bargaining chip to introduce changes to work practices. Workers at Eircom have had to cope with rising inflation and rising interests rates over recent months while waiting for increases due under a Pay Agreement which is now is almost a year old. It is clear why workers will not tolerate this situation continuing any longer.

"If any inconvenience is caused to Eircom customers due to the impending industrial action, the fault will lie directly with management at the company who are acting in a grossly irresponsible manor. I am calling on Eircom to pay its staff the increases due to them under the National Pay Agreement without any further delay. Only then can any discussion be had on changes to work practices. The pay increase cannot be re-negotiated ad must be paid and back dated now." ENDS

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