[Sinn Fein]

8th April 2003

Morgan supports Department of Agriculture workers

In the Dáil today, the Sinn Fein Spokesperson on Enterprise, Trade and Employment, Arthur Morgan TD, raised the issue of Department of Agriculture employees who have been locked out by management at Department offices in Counties Kerry, Limerick, Mayo and Galway. Morgan attempted to have the afternoons business suspended in order to discuss what the Louth Deputy described as ``the disgraceful manner in which 152 low paid public servants who are members of the CPSU have been locked out''.

Deputy Morgan said:

``It is ironic that in this, the year in which Irish workers mark the 90th anniversary of the 1913 Dublin lock-out, that Department of Agriculture management is prepared to use the same bully-boy tactics that were used by William Martin Murphy. These workers are engaged in a legitimate action and the manner in which they have been taken off the payroll is an absolute disgrace. It is a matter of regret that the dispute will effect the farming community but the onus is on the Department to resolve it through negotiations rather than threats and provocative actions''.

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