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Ryanair shows need for Union Representation legislation – Cullinane

25 July, 2018 - by David Cullinane TD

Sinn Féin spokesperson for Workers’ Rights David Cullinane TD said today that the current dispute at Ryanair, along with those at Lloyds Pharmacy and Arklow TK Maxx, shows that the Irish voluntarist system of ‘opt-in’ industrial relations is not working and needs to change and move with the times.

Deputy Cullinane said:

“The news that Ryanair is planning to reduce its Dublin-based fleet by 20 percent, in part down to its industrial dispute with its pilots, is another example of the company’s attitude of ‘our way or no way’ when it comes to dealing with its employees.

“This approach has no place in a democratic, 21st century industrial relations system.

“It is a throwback to Victorian times and is based on the attitude of workers as docile servants, to be seen and not heard.

“While Ryanair may be high-fiving itself on its latest move, the current dispute however is simply another nail in the coffin of the Irish voluntarist system of industrial dispute facilitation and resolution.

“It shows that we need to legislate to allow trade unions to represent their members in formal procedures underpinned by legal rights.

“The attitude of Ryanair, along with that of Lloyds Pharmacy and Arklow TX Maxx, makes the need for laws to underscore the trade unions.

“The future of Irish trade unions is rights underpinned by law.” 

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