Labour maintaining threshold of decency, says Siptu leader


The leader of the State’s largest trade union has said the Labour Party in Government is maintaining “a threshold of decency” that could be threatened by any alternative administration.

In a speech at the Labour Party centennial conference in Clonmel yesterday, Siptu president Jack O’Connor said Labour had secured the restoration of the minimum wage, the reintroduction of the registered employment agreement and employment regulation order wage-setting mechanisms, the implementation of the EU directive on rights for agency workers, and the preservation of the basic rate of social welfare. He said none of these measures “would survive any alternative government”.