Sinn Féin Spokesperson on Defence Aengus Ó Snodaigh TD haswelcomed the decision of the European Committee on Social Rights to uphold the rights of Irish Defence Forces to engage in collective bargaining and to have trade union recognition.
Speaking today, Deputy Ó Snodaigh said:
“I welcome the decision by the European Committee on SocialRights to uphold the complaint made by PDFORRA under Articles 5 and 6 of theEuropean Social Charter in 2014.
“Of course, it is a damning indictment that PDFORRA wasforced to take this action in order to have their basic rights recognised andvindicated.
“Furthermore, this Government fought every step of the wayin an attempt to thwart the members of the defence forces in achieving thisrecognition.
“The conclusion from the European Committee on Social Rightsclearly demonstrates that the exclusion of defence forces from public serviceagreements cannot continue and that members of the defence forces have a rightto engage in collective bargaining and to have trade union recognition.
“Sinn Féin has published legislation that would give effectto this right and has consistently called for the Government to provide for thecollective bargaining rights of Gardaí and Defence Forces.
“I am calling on the Irish Government to acceptand fully implement the findings of the European Committee on Social Rights onthis matter and to allow representatives of the Defence Forces to fullyparticipate in negotiations affecting pay and working conditions.”