Having been suspended without pay by their new employers Stobart, 25 ex Tescos truck drivers (members of SIPTU) have placed a picket on the giant Tesco warehouse in Donabate in North County Dublin.
Joe Higgins, Socialist Party MEP and senior trade union activists have called for all-out resistance to the plan by the Fianna Fáil/Green Party government to savage the wages of public service workers.
Call for Major Lunchtime Protest at Dáil 1.00PM This Wednesday (Budget Day).
Workers employed by Paul Construction started picketing four of their sites on 2 December. Over thirty workers had previously sat in on the St Vincents’ Hospital site on the previous Monday. They agreed to give up their sit in when the company began talks with the workers’ union SIPTU.
"The union leaders had no mandate from their memberships to offer up compulsory unpaid leave of 12 to 14 days on top of cutbacks in overtime and unsocial hours premia and allowances arising from legitimate out of pocket expenses and additional educational qualifications".
A press release from Joe Higgins, Socialist Party MEP responding to the cancellation of tomorrow's day of industrial action by the ICTU leadership and their promotion of a deal with the government based on enforcing unpaid leave on public sector workers.
Rank and file trade unionists must reject this sell out deal and organise to replace the weak union leadership with one who will seriously fight government policy.
Faced with an attack on their terms and conditions, staff at the Central Bank and the Financial Services Authority have joined the growing list of workers forced to take industrial action to defend their working conditions.
250,000 public service workers took part in the one day strike on 24 November in opposition to the threatened cut of €1.3 billion from the public service pay bill in next month’s budget on top of similar sized cuts in Social Welfare payments and in public service provision itself.
The media is doing all in its power to back up the claim of the government that There Is No Alternative to their plan to slash €4 billion in cuts in December's Budget.
Attack on working conditions can be defeated
Socialist Party MEP, Joe Higgins has opposed attempts by Ulster Bank to impose new inferior contracts and pensions on staff.
90,000 people took part in the national day of action on Friday 6 November in opposition to the plans the government to cut €4 billion in pay, services and jobs in their December budget. The day of action consisted of eight regional demonstrations.