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Sinn Féin opposed to trade union-busting legislation - Flanagan

Published: 16 July, 2015

Sinn Féin Enterprise, Trade & Investment spokesperson, Phil Flanagan MLA has welcomed confirmation that Tory union-busting legislation will not apply in the North.


Mr Flanagan said:

"It is patently obvious that this Tory government is intent on not only attacking the living standards of low-paid workers and those dependent on social protections but also to remove the hard-won rights of workers.

"The British government would better serve the people by bringing forward legislation to protect workers' rights rather than interfering in Trades Union members' rights to withhold labour.

"What is required is legislation to strengthen workers' rights to engage in collective bargaining to ensure compliance with European Court of Human Rights judgements.

"One of those judgements ruled that the accepted right to join trades unions includes the right to collective bargaining. Vulnerable workers now more than ever need their rights enshrined in law and protected not diluted.

"If this Tory government succeeds in curtailing the rights of workers to take industrial action, I have no doubt it will result in increased exploitation by employers, more zero-hour contracts, lower pay, poorer working conditions, and lowering of health and safety provision.

"It is time for the political parties, trades unions and civic society to stand together against the immoral attacks by this Tory government on the working poor, the sick and the vulnerable." ENDS/CRÍOCH