Sinn Féin MLA Conor Murphy has said the re-establishment of an Executive is necessary if workers’ rights are to be protected and strengthened.
Speaking after the British Prime Minister yesterday promised harsh new laws in Britain in response to workers taking strike action for fair pay, Conor Murphy said:
“The Executive must be reformed so we can protect and strengthen workers’ rights and distance ourselves from the Tories anti-strike laws.
“Rishi Sunak should be adopting a fair approach to public sector pay increases, improving the rights of all workers to take action for fair pay and conditions, instead of threatening regressive legislation to undermine workers’ rights.
“The Tory government can afford to give increased profits to banks, and are content for big business to rake in obscene profits but want to stop workers securing a decent wage.
“Sinn Féin is committed to strengthening workers’ rights and ensuring they are protected in law. That includes banning zero-hour contracts, fire and rehire tactics and making trade union membership accessible to more workers.
“We need to tackle low pay and insecure jobs by improving workers’ pay and conditions and removing the barriers to work.
“Workers’ rights is devolved to the north and we need an Executive in place to introduce the legislation necessary to deliver these protections for our workers.”