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Ó Snodaigh calls for dialogue in CocaCola dispute

27 August, 2009 - by Aengus Ó Snodaigh TD


Dublin Sinn Féin TD Aengus Ó Snodaigh has welcomed the settlement in the dispute at Caroll’s Joinery. Deputy Ó Snodaigh said the settlement highlights the benefits of dialogue and participation in the Labour Court process. He called on management at CocaCola to engage with its staff as the dispute there developed into industrial action by the workers today.

Speaking today Deputy Ó Snodaigh said, “I welcome the settlement in the dispute a Caroll’s Joinery. This case shows the value of dialogue and participation in the Labour Court process.

“I would now call on the management at CocaCola to engage with the staff there to find a resolution to the conflict that is acceptable to all sides. The company’s refusal to talk with its workers can only lead to an unnecessary extended period of disruption and dispute.

“Workers and politicians alike must be alert to the attempts by many companies to use the recession, and in particular the unemployment crisis, to drive down workers rights, their wages and conditions of work which have been hard fought for and won by past generations of workers.

“This practice must be stamped out and it will be the workers of this state who will be on the front line of that campaign. However, politicians also have a role to play and must defend the rights of workers wherever they are under attack.

“Never has the need for legislation allowing for the right to collective bargaining been more pertinent. This legislation should be brought forward on the return of the Dáil next month.” ENDS

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