Friday 21 October 2016

Siptu rejects move to cut historic link with Labour

Jack O'Connor
Jack O'Connor

IRELAND'S largest trade union has rejected a move to axe its 103-year-old link with the Labour Party.

However, Siptu overwhelmingly backed a proposal for a full review of the operation of its political fund, including contributions to the Labour Party.

A special report on the political fund, which is worth around €200,000, will now be compiled for the 2017 Siptu biennial conference.

The review was proposed by Siptu's national executive council and tabled by Ann Ryan and Phelim Jennings.

Siptu's 200,000-members contribute 63 cent a year to the political fund.

"We need to ensure that this fund is used in the most effective way possible," Ms Ryan told the 350 delegates at the Cork conference.

However, a proposal to immediately end Siptu's long-standing affiliation with Labour before the next general election was defeated.

That motion was tabled by Kieran Allen and Ciaran McKenna on behalf of Siptu's education sector.

Mr Allen claimed Labour had badly let down Irish workers over the past four years of coalition with Fine Gael.

Under new electoral rules, Siptu can only contribute €2,500 a year to Labour.

However, contributions of up to €500 can also be made to individual Siptu members who stand for election for Labour.

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