Sinn Féin Dublin MEP Lynn Boylan, Dessie Ellis TD and a contingent of Sinn Féin’s Dublin councillors today met with the locked out Greyhound workers in Clondalkin.
Speaking in Clondalkin this afternoon Lynn Boylan said:
“This ongoing dispute is being ignored by the government. This is an indictment of the Labour party in particular.
“The privatisation of the waste industry has been a disaster for workers, for customers and for the environment. There must now be ministerial intervention in this escalating dispute and the Greyhound owners, the Buckley brothers, must use the industrial relations mechanisms available to them and end the lockout of workers immediately.
“The government must set up an investigation into the waste industry immediately and that investigation must include a look at the possibility of returning waste collection to the public service. Sinn Féin believes that there is now a compelling argument to be made for public waste collection."
SIPTU Greyhound Shop Steward, Jesse Hughes, said:
“We really appreciate the support of Lynn Boylan MEP, Dessie Ellis TD and their Sinn Féin colleagues. The Buckley brothers thought they could starve us into submission. However, the support that we have received from community activists, trade unionists and ordinary workers, has given us the resolve to continue until the company realises it cannot treat workers as if it was 1913.”