Liberty Hall, North Dock, Dublin 1
People Before Profit’s Richard Boyd Barrett (left) and Brid Smith launch the party’s “Charter of Workers Rights” at the James Connolly Memorial Statue.
The charter proposes a shorter working week, a living wage of €15 an hour, mandatory sick and maternity pay on the full rate, union recognition for all workers and a right to strike.
Mr Boyd Barret said:
“Our workers are the most productive of anywhere in the Western world with the highest levels of productivity, but they have the lowest share of the national economic cake
We have one of the youngest populations anywhere in Europe and the plan of both Fine Gael and Fianna Fáil, I’m fearful, is to have us working longer than any other worker in Europe, before they are entitled to their pension and that doesn’t add up
I think there is a historic shift happening in Irish politics away from the two party system of Fianna Fáil and Fine Gael with a majority of people looking for an alternative.”
After outlining their Charter of Workers Rights, Bríd Smith entertained the gathered media singing a verse of “James Connolly“.