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Kildare concrete company accused of following Irish Ferries in attacking workers rights, pay and conditions

8 November, 2005

Sinn Féin spokesperson on Employment, Arthur Morgan TD, has strongly criticised the owners and management of Doyle Concrete from Rathangan in County Kildare for their attempts to force their current workforce out so that they can employ cheaper labour. Deputy Morgan said the actions of Doyle Concrete was further evidence of efforts by employers to engage in a race to the bottom in terms of employment terms and conditions in Ireland. There are currently up to sixty workers on strike at the company.

Deputy Morgan said:

"Attempts by the management and owners of Doyle Concrete in Rathangan to bully their workers into accepting the intolerable terms of conditions of employment is completely outrageous and must be rejected. The arrogance of this company is breathtaking. Obviously taking their lead from Irish Ferries they have basically held a gun to the head of the workers to accept shameful redundancy terms so that the company can then maximise its profits by employing cheaper labour.

"This is further evidence, if it is needed, to show that there is a growing body of employers out there who believe that it is legitimate to attack workers rights, pay and conditions in order to increase profits. The Government must step in and ensure that this appalling behavior does not become normal practice for Irish employers." ENDS

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