Tuesday, 11 May 1971
Dáil Eireann Debate
The information set out in the statement covers the period 1st January to 7th May, 1971, and is inclusive of men who were in employment on that date but who have been served with redundancy notice to expire at a later  date. The reason for the redundancies was contraction of work at the forests in question.
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Mr. Murphy: Does the Minister not think it unfair to dismiss men with up to 14 years service, to my knowledge? Other Deputies know what the position is in their own districts. Is it not very unfair that a forestry worker who has given good and faithful service over a period of years should be dismissed and get only a small redundancy payment, particularly having regard to the fact that a pension scheme is now being formulated for such workers? As a result of being dismissed or declared redundant they will not benefit from such a scheme. This is completely unfair and unjust and it is something to which this House must address itself. These workers are being thrown out of employment after years of service. This is worse than the unemployment question we dealt with in the Dáil the other day.
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