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Cllr Daithí Doolan-National Day of Action for Joanne Delaney

18 February, 2006

Sinn Féin's Dublin South East Representative, Councillor Daithí Doolan, called, "for a National Day of Action in support of Dunne's worker Joanne Delaney."

Speaking at the Sinn Fein Ard Fheis today, Cllr. Doolan said:

"Joanne Delaney had been sacked in November last year by Dunne's Stores management for simply wearing her union badge. This is totally unacceptable and flies in the face of modern day industrial relations. By their actions Dunne's management are trying to drag their employees back to the dark days of Dickensian Britain. Where workers were striped of their rights and dignity. Joanne is proud to be in her trade union, MANDATE, and was not in any breach of company regulations for displaying her badge on her uniform. This is Margaret Heffernan and her bully boys attempting to break the union in their Crumlin branch. But I have every confidence that she and her henchmen will fail, just as they failed in the 1980's to break the anti apartheid strike.

"Dunne's Stores management must reinstate Joanne immediately and desist from their confrontational tactics. Workers have a right to join trade unions without suffering the the threat of losing their jobs.

"Next Saturday will see a citywide effort by Sinn Fein here in Dublin to organise protests outside Dunne's Stores branches across Dublin. But I am proposing that we make it a National Day of Action with pickets, protests, leafleting and petitioning outside every Dunne's branch in the country. It is only through people power, public opinion and hitting the Dunne's dynasty in their pockets will we win this battle for justice."

In conclusion Cllr. Doolan, called on, "all trade unions and political parties to join forces in support of the campaign to have Joanne Delaney reinstated in her job."

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