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Labour Party has failed low paid workers – Adams

26 March, 2015 - by Gerry Adams

Sinn Féin Leader Gerry Adams TD has criticised the Labour Party in government for what he said was its abject failure to protect the rights of vulnerable workers.

Speaking in Swords at a selection convention for Louise O’Reilly, the Sinn Fein candidate for Fingal in the General Election, Gerry Adams said:

“A real recovery will not be based on low pay and reduced terms and conditions for workers. Issues such as zero-hour contracts and low pay will damage any hope of a real recovery and cause hardship for workers.”

 “The most obvious recent example is the case of the Dunnes Stores workers who have been left with no option but to engage in industrial action in an effort to secure fair pay and secure hours.”

 “Workers such as those at Dunnes Stores will be the foundation of any economic recovery and deserve to be treated with dignity and respect by employers and Government.”

“Dunnes Stores workers deserve secure hours and incomes. They deserve secure jobs. They should get fair pay. And their right to trade union representation should be respected.”

“Low paid workers in this state have been treated poorly by this Government and have been abjectly failed by the Labour Party.”

“Over 129,000 low-paid workers in this state have been failed by the Fine Gael/Labour Government. Despite a clear commitment by the Labour Party in 2011, there is still no legislation to establish the right of Irish workers to collective bargaining.”

“A report on low paid and precarious work, carried out by Mandate Trade Union, was presented to Oireachtas members two years ago but the Government has failed to take action to protect these vulnerable workers.”

“What is the point of the Labour Party in Government if it will not stand up for the rights of workers?”

“What is the point of a Labour Minister, Ged Nash, calling on both sides to engage in the industrial relations machinery of the state when Dunnes management has already snubbed the Labour Court last year?”

“Ged Nash asking Dunnes management to do something it has already refused to do is an abdication of responsibility.” 

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