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Cullinane commends workers after Shanganagh Dispute ends

24 May, 2013 - by David Cullinane TD

Senator David Cullinane has commended the workers at Shanganagh Water Treatment plant for their persistence in pursuing their rights throughout the course of the industrial dispute.

The Sinn Féin spokesperson on Workers’ Rights was speaking today following the successful conclusion of the industrial action, as the company in charge of the plant, SSD Shanganagh agreed to refer the issues in dispute, relating to pay and shift premium payments, to the Labour Court.

“The success of the Workers at Shanganagh in forcing their employer to agree to a Labour Court hearing is encouraging. The Workers showed tremendous persistence and courage in asserting their rights, and I commend them for that.”

“The issues that were in dispute should have easily been resolved. However the company failed to engage, and even tried to bully the workers, by bringing in strike breakers from Spain.

“However, I am pleased that they failed in that respect, and the workers have illustrated that when workers organise, and collectively assert their rights, that success is possible.

“We consistently called on the company to engage in a constructive, and meaningful way, and to respect the rights of the workers to collectively bargain. It appears, that, however, belatedly or reluctantly that they have done that, and that is welcome.

“I am pleased that the workers will be able to return to work, and hope that this sends a message to other companies, that attempts to bully workers, and to avoid engaging with them, will be met with resistance.”

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