April 1, 2020
Attempts to undermine workers rights during Covid-19 crisis cannot be tolerated – David Cullinane TD

Sinn Féin spokesperson on Communications, Climate Action and the Environment David Cullinane TD has said that ‘attempts by Dublin Bus to undermine workers rights at a time of crisis cannot be tolerated’.

He said:

“In recent days we have seen attempts by a number of companies to use the Covid-19 pandemic as a means of undermining workers rights, including through the introduction of forced leave.

“A particular issue has arisen at Dublin Bus, where the company is forcing workers to take a day of annual leave a week, and I have engaged with trade unions on the matter. 

“There is provision for annual leave to be taken at the discretion of employers, but this is subject to proper engagement and adequate notification. I would urge Dublin Bus to engage constructively with trade unions on this. 

“Paid leave is to be used for holidays for workers – this is obviously not possible at this time.

“These are extraordinary times, but they cannot be used to undermine the rights of workers.

“These are essential workers, who are ensuring that transport services in Dublin are continuing and who are making sure that frontline hospital staff and others get to their workplaces. They deserve proper treatment and respect.”

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