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Government must meet with ICTU on Brexit - Maurice Quinlivan TD

26 October, 2016 - by Maurice Quinlivan TD

Sinn Féin’s spokesperson on Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation Maurice Quinlivan TD has said he is shocked at the failure of the government to engage with ICTU on Brexit.  Speaking following ICTU’S comments to the Oireachtas Jobs Committee hearings on Brexit, Deputy Quinlivan said:

“I and others were absolutely dismayed yesterday when ICTU General Secretary Patricia King told a hearing of the Jobs Committee that neither the Taoiseach nor the Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation Mary Mitchell O’Connor had been in contact with them regarding Brexit. 

“Ms King went on to say that ICTU had thus far not been invited to meet with the Government or the Cabinet Sub-Committee to discuss the impact of Brexit on the Irish economy especially in relation to employment, wages, and workers’ rights. 

“The UK’s decision to leave the EU and trigger Article 50 will have a huge impact on the economy and the labour market on the island of Ireland.

“If the government is serious about dealing with this issue then they should immediately invite ICTU and Patricia King to be part of the process in figuring out how we go forward. 

“ICTU is the largest civil society organisation in Ireland representing thousands of workers both north and south.  Its all-island reach and organisational stature make it imperative that the government contact them as a matter of urgency and rectify the situation.”

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