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Transport Tourism and Sport, Worker's Rights

Minister Varadkar’s threat to increments a clear signal that public service workers must ready themselves for fresh battles

Union leaders who sold Croke Park deal to members on the basis it would protect pay must now be held to account by members

“The attack on increments by Minister Varadkar should not be interpreted by public service workers as a solo run but an early warning that they have fresh battles on their hands.

“Likewise on the issue of allowances and core pay it is clear that all the cuts and job losses forced on the public service workforce thanks to the Croke Park agreement has not bought in return (as was promised by the leaders of some unions) the protection of those remaining in their jobs from further attacks.

“Time and again since the crisis began the trade union leadership, particularly in SIPTU and IMPACT have told their members in the public service to accept cuts like the pensions levy, the pay cuts of 2010 and subsequently Croke Park implying on each occasion that they would be left alone thereafter.

“The Socialist Party and ULA stands out against the vilification of public sector workers by the political establishment and right wing media. Every attack on the take home pay of public servants has actually furthered the economic crisis by taking money out of the pockets of predominantly low and middle income workers with a knock on impact on the private sector which is obvious to most people but not Minister Varadkar.

“The lesson should be learned by everybody that whatever we might give up in terms of pay, conditions, new tax impositions and welfare cuts it will never be enough for this government and the boss class. Therefore there should be no further avoiding of a determined fight to protect what we have.”

Transport Tourism and Sport

Nine year rule needs to be scrapped in favour of a fair road worthiness test

“The nine year rule being applied to cars being driven as taxis is forcing full time career taxi drivers out of the trade. Time and again taxi drivers are telling me that they cannot access credit to purchase new cars but have spent what money they have to keep their existing cars road worthy.

“The nine year rule does not apply to drivers whose licence number is below 45,000 which is a bizarre and arbitrary cut off. Anomalous situations can arise now where cars of greater years and greater miles on the clock and are road worthy can remain on the streets than younger cars who happen to be over nine years.

“I call on the Minister for Transport to replace the nine year rule with a fair road worthiness test. This is only one part of a solution of a wider package of necessary and radical reforms to save the taxi trade which me and my United Left Alliance colleagues will be advocating.”

Economy, Local Issues, Transport Tourism and Sport

Responding to the speculation of an immenent announcement from Minister for Transport Leo Varadkar of the cancelling of the Metro North project Socialist Party/United Left Alliance TD Clare Daly said:

“This announcement kills the prospect not only of a vital piece of infrastructure for the northside of Dublin but also the hope many thousands of unemployed construction workers had of getting back to work.

“This comes as no surprise coming on the back of the promised €750 million cut in capital spending in budget 2012. Precisely when state investment in jobs is needed most because of the collapse of private sector investment this government does the complete opposite of what is required.

North Dublin to be denied vital infrastructure

“The timing of the announcement is cynical in the extreme. The Socialist Party and its candidate in the recent Dublin West by election, Ruth Coppinger, who topped the poll in the Swords part of the constituency strove to make Metro North alongside Metro West a key point of debate about how to combat unemployment during the election campaign.

“Labour and Fine Gael however remained silent on the issue. The Labour by election victor Patrick Nulty, after opposing a debate and vote last week on the €715 million Anglo bailout has another opportunity to prove himself to be true to his word when he promised to be ‘a voice that will be heard’ within the government. We should not hold our breath!”