The strike by workers in Dublin port against their bosses in Marine Terminal Limited (MTL) has come to an end after 110 days of industrial action.
The Socialist Party spoke to a member of the Building and Allied Trade Union who works at The Abbey Theatre where there is a dispute brewing over the outsourcing of jobs.
Nearly 35 engineers at Green Isle Foods in Naas have been on strike since 31 August to defend three of their colleagues from being sacked on trumped up charges of breaching the company’s IT policy. The sackings are an attempt to break the workers’ union, the TEEU at Green Isle.
According to Brian Cowen, Enda Kenny, Michael O’Leary and the ESRI, the public sector is overpaid, overstaffed and inefficient and the best way to end the economic crisis is to sack thousands of public sector workers and cut the pay and pensions of the rest!
There can be no doubting that Ireland is a country of Them and Us. For them: NAMA’s €54 billion, €1 million for ex-FAS boss, €216,000 expenses for John O’Donoghue. For us: pay cuts, social welfare cuts, child benefit cuts, health cuts, education cuts, new taxes. €4 billion worth of cuts this December to hit the quality of life of every working class man, woman and child!
SIPTU MEMBERS in Coca Cola HBC (Hellenic Bottling Company) in Dublin, Cork, Tipperary and Tuam have been on all-out strike since 27 August.
Despite making massive profits Coca Cola HBC is proposing to outsource the distribution of its products to three outside companies, Kielys Distribution, Liam Carroll and Brian Daly Transport.
By Stephen Boyd
Once again the courts have backed the employers in an industrial dispute. Marine Terminals have been granted an injunction by the High Court against their workforce and the trade union movement to stop what it calls the harassment of staff who are continuing to work!
“THIS IS an attack on terms and conditions that have been fought for and won over many years and now everything is being taken away at the drop of a hat so that MTL can make more profits”. John Walsh - MTL striker and shop steward.
At the beginning of July workers in the Dublin docks called an all out strike against the bullyboy tactics of their bosses. The management at Marine Terminal Ltd. have tried to force through redundancies and make the workers accept “take it or leave” contracts where they would be on worse wages and conditions.
Trade union movement must act to defend workers’ rights
THE SIGNIFICANCE of the Thomas Cook occupation cannot be overstated. At the time of writing the issue of redundancy payments is not resolved, but already the struggle has exposed the pro-big business nature of the courts and the Gardai.
From Friday, over 40 workers have been occupying the Thomas Cook store on Grafton St., protesting against job losses and claiming for improved redundancies. The workers, all members of the TSSA (Transport Salaried Staffs’ Association) had balloted for strike action due to commence this Friday, but this was cut across by the company’s response to push forward the closure of the store by 4 weeks. The workers were then left with no alternative but to occupy the premises. At approximately 5am over 80 Gardai began to force entry into the occupied Thomas Cook store on Grafton Street, after physically removing over 30 supporters from in front of the premises.