Electricians’ Strike: ‘Vital that all workers support this strike’:

Socialist Party public representatives Joe Higgins MEP and Cllr Clare Daly have declared their support for the strike of 10,000 electricians to defend wages and conditions in the construction industry.

Socialist Party public representatives Joe Higgins MEP and Cllr Clare Daly have declared their support for the strike of 10,000 electricians to defend wages and conditions in the construction industry.

Joe Higgins M.E.P. commented:

“The stand taken by electricians in defence of wages and conditions on construction sites should be supported by all workers. Having priced projects in the expectation of the agreed pay increase for electricians, the major electrical contractors have pocketed the difference and are now looking to cut electricians’ basic pay by 10%. Workers should not be made to suffer for cut-throat market competition between the contractors as they undercut each other.

“This is a critical battle for all workers because it represents a fightback against a significant onslaught against wages and conditions in the construction industry. If the electrical contractors succeed in forcing wages down, their example will be followed by other employers in the construction industry and right across the economy.

“The claim that cutting wages will help the economy is an argument only designed to increase profits. Cutting jobs and wages will in fact worsen a vicious downward spiral as working people have less money to spend.”

Clare Daly, a Councillor for the Socialist Party in Swords and a SIPTU shop steward at Dublin Airport, said:

“The experience in Dublin Airport and Irish Ferries shows what will happen if the attack on electricians succeeds – a race to the bottom in wages and conditions across the board. The Construction Industry Federation wants to implement a 10% wage cut for all workers in the industry, together with attacks on their conditions. The TEEU is conducting a battle in defence of wages and conditions on construction sites and should be supported by all workers in the industry and across society.”

 

Total
0
Shares
Previous Article

Support the Electricians strike

Next Article

Joe Higgins MEP launches 'No' to Lisbon campaign in Strasbourg

Related Posts
Read More

EROs & REAs – pay rates under threat

As part of the so-called National Recovery Plan, a review of the framework of statutory wage setting mechanisms for Employment Regulation Orders (ERO) and Registered Employment Agreement (REA) has been established.  The review is also a commitment under the provisions of the joint EU-IMF Programme for Ireland. The outgoing government had requested that the review be completed within a short timeframe - approximately the end of March.

Read More

Union executive members criticise general secretary

Dear Colleague,
The below-named members of the CPSU Executive Committee wish to place on record our objection to and distance ourselves from, the recent public and internal statements of our General Secretary, Blair Horan, regarding the Croke Park deal. In doing so we also wish to clarify what we believe to be the true position taken from the Executive Committee meeting of 24th June, 2010 regarding the new proposals.

Read More

Minimum pay rates under threat

The government and the employers are intensifying their assault on wages and working conditions. Following the same blueprint that they used to attack public sector pay last year, of vilifying anyone with a semblance of job security, the already measly minimum wage is now in their line of fire.