The leader of the Sinn Féin party Gerry Adams TD has given what he describes as his “firm and unequivocal support for the Dunnes Stores workers who will be on strike tomorrow”.
Mr Adams made the statement during Leaders Questions in the Dail this afternoon, Mr Adams said the workers who are taking strike action has the full support of the Sinn Féin party. Mr Adams comments come as staff from Dunnes Stores across the country are appealing for the introduction of a living wage for workers.
Mr Adams addressed the Dail saying: “The application of zero-hour contracts, and the imposition of low pay rates are sources of great hardship for working families. “They damage any hope of a real recovery.
“Dunnes workers have been left with no option but to engage in industrial action in an effort to secure fair pay and secure hours.”
“They, and the 129,000 low-paid workers in this state, deserve certainty about their hours of work and income. They deserve secure jobs and they should get fair pay”. Mr Adams went onto say: “The people have the right to trade union representation should be respected. Four years after Labour and Fine Gael came to power the Industrial Relations (Amendment) (No. 2) Bill, which will allow for collective bargaining rights, has still not been published.”