Monday 26 September 2016

Labour TD Michael McNamara votes against Government on bill he introduced to allow gardai and the defence forces to hold formal negotiations on pay and conditions

Published 30/04/2015 | 13:38

TD Michael McNamara. Photo: Tom Burke
TD Michael McNamara. Photo: Tom Burke

LABOUR TD Michael McNamara has voted against the Government on bill he introduced to allow gardai and the defence forces to hold formal negotiations on pay and conditions.

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The Coalition voted against Mr McNamara’s bill which would also allow gardai to engage in industrial action including striking.

The bill did not legislate to allow the Defence Forces to strike.

However, it would have given the representative bodies of both organisations the power to carry out negotiations on pay and conditions on behalf its members.

Mr McNamara’s bill was defeated 24-69 by the Coalition.

Sinn Fein, Reanua and several Independents – including Mick Wallace and Clare Daly – voted in favour of the bill.

Wicklow TD Ann Ferris, who recently lost the Labour Party whip for voting in favour of legislation for abortion in the case of fatal foetal abnormalities, voted with the Government.

Labour TD Michael McNamara will not lose  party whip for voting against Government.

When he introduced the proposed legislation, Mr McNamara said his “bill seeks to introduce the necessary amendments to bring Ireland into compliance with the Social Charter, a European treaty which guarantees social and economic human rights, and which the European Committee of Social Rights found Ireland to be in breach of.”

“Ireland is in breach of the charter because it prohibits police representative associations from joining national employees’ organisations, and prohibits members of the police the right to strike,” he added.

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