Majority of FG parliamentary party decline to sign ICTU charter
Trade union charter contains commitments to living wage, fair work hours and equality
Irish Congress of Trade Unions general secretary Patricia King. File photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times
The vast bulk of members of the out-going Fine Gael parliamentary party have declined to back a charter drawn up by the trade union movement setting out what it described as fair conditions for workers in the workplace.
Members of Renua also decided not to sign up to the five-point charter as did a number of independents.
The Irish Congress of Trade Unions’ charter for fair conditions at work contains commitments to support measures such as a living wage, currently estimated at € 11.50 per hour, fair hours of work, rights to representation for workers and collective bargaining, respect, equality and ethics at work as well as an undertaking that these would also apply to employees in companies which receive publicly-funded contracts.
TDs who are members of the Social Democrats and the Socialist Party also backed the charter.
She said Congress had a detailed log of contacts made to elicit the position of public representatives in relation to the charter.
The findings of the survey will be published in full by Congress on its website. It is also to provide the data to affiliate unions so that they could inform their members.
Ms King said Congress would also be contacting all candidates in the election, who have not already stated their position, to determine their stance on the charter.
Ms King denied the trade union movement was seeking to intimidate politicians to sign up to the charter in the run up to the election.
“It was a very simple process. We set out our campaign points and asked each individual Oireachtas member to give us their view and sign out pledge. In the case of some they did and others they did not.”
She said all had a free choice.