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Union rights are human rights

One of Adolf Hitler's first moves was to ban all trade unions. Their offices were closed, money confiscated and leaders imprisoned.

With all opposition thus silenced, Hitler was free to reduce workers pay, increase working hours and continue developing a totalitarian society.

As any student of history will testify, abolishing trade unions is one of the first steps on the road to a dictatorship.

This is why all right-thinking people must react with disgust to any suggestion that the Republic should embark on a similar course of action.

Article 23 (4) of the United Nations Declaration of Human Rights states: "Everyone has the right to form and join trade unions."

This should give pause for thought to anyone who suggests otherwise.

KEVIN P McCARTHY

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