SATURDAY, 25TH JANUARY: Today, members of Labour Youth and Labour Trade Unionists join forces to canvass in Louth to re-elect Senator Ged Nash to the Dáil.
Explaining his support for Nash, former Labour Youth Chairperson, Patrick Ahern said “It is wrong that precarious hours, long commutes, low wages and a pipe dream of a permanent contract are part and parcel of the average young worker’s experience of life in Ireland. I spent years on so-called if and when contracts, working for far less than the Living Wage. It’s not right.
“At a time when workers’ rights are being eroded and when new cohorts of workers are entering an increasingly precarious working environment, the fightback is as important as ever. Ged has been a champion of workers’ rights from inside and outside of the Dáil, which is why we are campaigning for him today.”
Continuing, Labour Trade Unionists Chairperson, Fiona Dunne said “Ged’s record speaks for itself. Establishing the Low Pay Commission to increase wages in Ireland, commissioning a ground-breaking study into zero-hour contracts, introducing new Collective Bargaining legislation that has since helped improve pay and conditions for tens of thousands of low-paid workers, paving the way for freelance workers to be represented by a trade union, discussing radical ideas, such as the 4-day working week openly and honestly – the list goes on.
“As a trade unionist, identifying politicians who truly understand the issues that they face today can be a rarity. I do not hesitate to say that Ged’s absence from Dáil Éireann has been at the expense of workers and that is why I am joining my colleagues in Labour Youth to make sure we get him back in.”
Labour Youth and Labour Trade Unionists are calling on trade union members and young workers in Louth to give their #1 vote to Labour – the party of work and workers.