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Greyhound lockout represents ‘race to the bottom’ – Gerry Adams TD

9 September, 2014 - by Gerry Adams TD


Sinn Féin Leader Gerry Adams TD has said Greyhound management is being entirely unreasonable in its approach to negotiations with locked out workers. He said it was time the company sat down with workers to work out a fair and sustainable resolution.

Mr Adams also said the lockout raised wider issues about a race to the bottom in the waste industry which he intends to raise with the Taoiseach when the Dáil returns.

Gerry Adams was speaking after he met locked out workers in Clondalkin today said;

“The actions of Greyhound management has, to date, been entirely unreasonable. It is time they sat down with the workers to work out a fair and sustainable solution.

“Management had proposed a 35% pay cut. Their revised offer was for a 33% pay cut. These are workers who are already on low wages who have families and dependants and many of them have worked for many years in this industry.

“Sinn Féin warned that the privatisation of waste services would inevitably lead to a race to the bottom in terms of workers’ wages and conditions but also in terms of the standard and delivery of waste services for the wider community.

“Today I met with the locked-out Greyhound workers and listened to their concerns. Sin Féin fully supports the workers. Greyhound management needs to change its attitude

“The Greyhound lockout raises wider questions about the race to the bottom in the waste industry. I intend to raise this issue with the Taoiseach when the Dáil returns.”

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