Strengthen trade unions
The Workers’ Party recognises the importance of trade unions in confronting the pressures facing workers through organisation and agitation. The Workers’ Party has for many decades built strong links with the trade union movement. The ability to defend workers’ interests, to fight for higher wages and better conditions remains an ever important role for unions.
The Workers’ Party believes the ability of workers to organise in the workplace must be preserved and strengthened through the introduction of union recognition legislation. The 1990 Industrial Relations Act (as amended) which places undue constraints on the right to strike and trade union organisation must also be repealed or adequately amended to protect and strengthen those rights.
The Workers’ Party believes:
- That all adults have the right to meaningful work with decent rates of pay and decent working conditions.
- That all workers have the right to join and be represented by a trade union and that legislation on union recognition is immediately introduced.
- That the “Living Wage”, currently estimated to be €11.50 per hour, should be implemented without delay.
- That the gross exploitation of jobseekers through unpaid internships and schemes like JobBridge be outlawed.
- That zero-hour contracts, no matter how they are labelled, are outlawed.
- That staff recruited via private or other labour agencies cannot be paid at rates of remuneration less than that prevailing for other workers in the sector, or under terms and conditions that are inferior to the industry norm.
- That all workers are entitled to proper pension entitlements.
- That workers are entitled to proper remuneration for the hidden costs associated with their employment, including costs like travel, home based office equipment etcetera.
- That workers who are receiving social welfare payments, whether due to unemployment, illness, or long-term disability be treated with respect and dignity and that the current demeaning and insulting attitude of the state and state agencies to the unemployed cease immediately.
The Workers’ Party supports the ICTU Charter on Workers’ Rights