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Monday 24 September 2018

No friendly welcome for Siptu call to back Jack

Jack O'Connor, who just stepped down as Siptu president. Photo: Gerry Mooney
Jack O'Connor, who just stepped down as Siptu president. Photo: Gerry Mooney
Samantha McCaughren

Samantha McCaughren

The Liberty Hall election machine is cranking up but not everyone is best pleased. An email last week from a senior Siptu official to all union staff said that Jack O'Connor, who just stepped down as Siptu president, will contest a general election seat in Wicklow for Labour: "Irrespective of political affiliations, a number of colleagues have expressed a desire to assist him during his campaign," it said.

"Assistance can take many forms, for example, canvassing, leafleting, fundraising, activity on social media, administrative work, etc are all vital to a successful campaign." Staff were invited to a 'Friends of Jack O'Connor' meeting next week. But within minutes an outraged Siptu staffer responded: "This email should not have being [sic] sent to all staff as not all staff share your and Jack's enthusiasm for the Labour Party. Other members of staff, like myself have different political affiliations. The question is, will other Siptu staff members running in the general election for different parties be afforded the same facilities."

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