CONGRESS TO MOUNT CAMPAIGN FOR REPEAL OF EMERGENCY 'FEMPI LEGISLATION'

4 Jul 2013

The Congress Biennial Delegate Conference (BDC) 2013 today (July 4) unanimously passed an emergency motion in support of "a vigorous and robust campaign" to bring about the repeal of the Fiscal Emergency Measures in the Public Interest legislation that applies to public sector workers in the Republic of Ireland. The motion reads: 

EMERGENCY MOTION NO: 2 - FISCAL EMERGENCY MEASURES IN THE PUBLIC INTEREST

Conference, noting that the Fiscal Emergency Measures in the Public Interest Act undermines the principle of collective bargaining in the public sector and concerned that this may set a precedent for the private sector; noting that the legislation provides extraordinary powers to government ministers to unilaterally vary terms and conditions of employment; noting that there is no specified end period for this 'emergency' legisalation; and finally noting that this anti trade union legislation has been introduced in the centenary of the 1913 Lockout, calls on the incoming Executive to mount a vigorous and robust campaign against this legislation and anti-worker legislation in both jurisdictions with the goal of seeing it repealed.

The motion was propsed by Unite, CPSU, INMO, IBOA. 

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