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Workers would be best protected within a United Ireland – Gavan

29 June, 2016 - by Paul Gavan

Speaking on Wednesday afternoon, Sinn Féin Senator Paul Gavan called for all Trade Unions, North and South, to support a referendum on Irish Unity in order to protect worker’s rights.

Senator Gavan said:

“The Brexit vote will inevitably give rise to a fresh round of attacks on working people and their trade unions. The Tory government is preparing a fresh round of spending cuts that will impact everyone in the 6 counties.

“Here in the South, you can hear commentators calling to question the implementation of the Lansdowne Road Agreement.  Inevitably, we will be told that we cannot afford the aspiration of a Living Wage for workers in this country.

“Our Government needs to heed the call from the Irish Congress of Trade Unions for the EU to immediately embark on a major programme of public investment together with a suite of measures to protect and improve workers’ rights.

“Otherwise, unscrupulous employers all across this island will attempt to play off one workforce against the other in the name of so called competitiveness.

“Sinn Féin is seeking the support of all trade unions, North and South, to support our call for a referendum on Irish unity.

“We cannot trust that a Tory government will protect workers’ rights in relation to their parental leave, equal pay, part-time rights and paid holidays in the North of Ireland.

“There is a democratic imperative to call a referendum on Irish Unity and promote an all-Ireland, all island approach to defending workers’ rights.

“We must think nationally and think on an all-Ireland basis.  Workers’ rights have to be placed at the forefront of any Brexit discussions and we believe that workers would be best protected within a United Ireland.” 

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