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TEEU advises members to vote 'No' on fiscal treaty

Technical Engineering and Electrical Union has become the third trade union to advise members to vote No in the fiscal compact treaty.

TEEU General Secretary Eamon Devoy will be among today's delegation.
TEEU General Secretary Eamon Devoy will be among today's delegation.
Image: Sam Boal/Photocall Ireland

THE TECHNICAL ENGINEERING and Electrical Union has advised its members to vote against the upcoming fiscal treaty, saying that it would ensure more austerity.

TEEU General Secretary Eamon Devoy said that the union had decided to advise its 40,000 members to vote No in the referendum, and called instead for a stimulus package as a way to resolve the country’s economic problems.

The TEEU is the third union to come out against the treaty, joining Unite and Mandate.

This Wednesday, the executive council of the Irish Congress of Trade Unions will hold a meeting to decide which way to vote.

Commenting on the decision, Sinn Féin Senator Trevor Ó Clochartaigh said that the unions “recognise that austerity is not working”.

“They can see that this treaty will do nothing to alleviate the plight of those in financial turmoil but will instead copper fasten austerity measures, and place Ireland in an economic strait jacket,” he said.

“I would encourage SIPTU, and the ICTU to follow the example set by these Unions and to add weight to the no campaign at this stage,” he added.

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