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O’Toole moves emergency motion in support of striking Dockers

7 September, 2009


The Sinn Féin Leader on Dublin City Council, Councillor Larry O’Toole, will this evening move an emergency motion at the Council meeting which calls on the Tánaiste Mary Coughlan to intervene in the dispute at Marine Terminals Limited to bring it to a satisfactory conclusion.

Speaking ahead of this evening’s meeting Councillor O’Toole said, “It is very important that the Tánaiste intervenes in this dispute and instructs the company to stop using its bully-boy tactics and to engage with the Labour Relations Commission.

“This company must be shown that it cannot simply walk all over its workforce without any repercussions. The company’s refusal to engage with the normal labour relations mechanisms of this state has forced the workers to take industrial action and Sinn Féin fully supports the workers in this action.

“Marine Terminals Limited is attempting to force redundancies on many workers and new terms and conditions including longer hours and less pay on others. This is completely unacceptable and should not be tolerated. We cannot allow this company to run down the hard won rights of workers in this state. The Tánaiste must intervene to bring about a satisfactory conclusion to this dispute.” ENDS

Text of motion to go before this evening’s meeting of Dublin City Council:

"Dublin City Councill supports the right of all workers to take industrial action and we call An Tainiste, Mary Coughlan and Dublin Port to intervene and ensure that the current dispute at Marine Terminals Limited, Ringsend, is brought to a satisfactory conclusion."

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