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ICTU must organise action for Greyhound workers - Dessie Ellis TD

8 September, 2014 - by Dessie Ellis TD

 Sinn Féin’s Transport & Housing spokesperson Dessie Ellis TD has today urged the Irish Congress of Trade Unions to organise a day of action in support of the locked out Greyhound workers.

Speaking ahead of today’s Greyhound Workers Support Group press conference, Ellis said:

“Seventy nine workers remain locked out of their work place by Greyhound management since June 17th. The management attempted to impose a 34% wage cut. When workers would not accept this arbitrary decision, they were locked out of their work place. The owners of Greyhound, the Buckley brothers, would rather use bully boy tactics rather than negotiation with these workers or their union.

“Today’s rejection of derisory proposals made by Greyhound management on Friday shows that these workers are not for breaking. The workers and their families have behaved with dignity and integrity despite tomorrow’s threat of jailing. It is now time for the wider trade union movement to step up to the challenge and throw their weight behind SIPTU. The Irish Congress of Trade Unions must organise a national march during working hours to show the level of opposition there is to the lock out.

“If the Buckley brothers get away with this action then that is how many unscrupulous companies will do business. It will be back to the dark days of locked out workers fighting for basic terms and conditions.

“Sinn Féin will continue to do all we can to support the workers and their union to ensure this is brought to a successful conclusion. I would make a special appeal to Congress to call a march as soon as possible. Doing nothing is no longer an option.”

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