Sinn Féin’s Aengus Ó Snodaigh TD today raised the industrial dispute at the Tipperary Water plant in Ballyfermot with the Taoiseach.
Speaking after raising the dispute in the Dáil with Taoiseach Enda Kenny, Ó Snodaigh said: “The situation in Ballyfermot has all the hallmarks of the Dublin Lock Out in 1913. It underlines the growing need for the government to introduce the Workplace Relations Bill.
“Sinn Féin continues to support the protest by SIPTU workers outside the Gleeson Group warehouse in Ballyfermot, Dublin. The workers are protesting against the targeting of trade union members for dismissal from their jobs.
“The eight workers, who were made redundant by the company on Monday, 27 August, began a protest yesterday outside the Ballyfermot warehouse to highlight their unfair treatment.
Tipperary Water had a turnover of €243m last year. The company has used the current economic dow turn as an excuse to target SIPTU members. The company has refused to meet with union representatives to discuss changes in work practices.
Staff at the plant have been subject to unilateral cuts in pay, temporary staff being brought in to undermine the workforce and forced redundancies. Staff have taken an eight per cent cut in pay over three years and 13 staff were made redundant in December last only to be replaced by temporary workers.”