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Government blocks progress on JLC Bill – Tóibín

26 October, 2011

Sinn Féin spokesperson on Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation Peadar Tóibín has expressed his disappointment at the decision by the government parties to block the Industrial Relations Amendment Bill which aims to protect the lowest paid workers in society.

Deputy Tóibín said:

“During the recent Dáil debate the government indicated that they would not block the progress of this Bill, however it is now actively blocking its progress.

“It is claimed that the secretariat dealing with it does not have enough resources to start to process the Bill at this current time. It is clear that the government is simply stalling for time in the hope that our Bill will get buried in bureaucracy.

“I am extremely disappointed that such a serious issue as the JLCs was being put on the back burner. Over 200,000 people who are surviving on an average wage of €18,000 are in danger of having their livelihoods undermined. This situation needs to be dealt with now.

“The government may or may not bring about legislation on this issue next month but given the division that exists between Labour and Fine Gael on this issue it could just as well be two or three years before they get their act together. Also our Bill has the imprimatur of the Dáil now and this government should not treat an opposition bill as any less equal than a potential government bill that has not even been published yet.

“Furthermore the government is on record as stating that their bill will include wage reductions and our bill is radically different in that seeks to defend against wage cuts.”

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