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McDonald expresses support for striking dockers

27 August, 2009

Sinn Féin Vice-President Mary Lou McDonald has expressed her support for striking workers at Dublin’s docklands. Speaking as workers launched a blockade of the port in a flotilla this afternoon Ms. McDonald said the workers hand has been forced by the company management which is refusing to engage with the Labour Relations Commission and using bully boy tactics.

Ms. McDonald said, “Marine Terminal Limited seems to think that it can simply walk all over its workforce without any repercussions. Management at the company are using bullyboy tactics in an attempt to force redundancies on many workers and new terms and conditions including longer hours and less pay on others. This is completely unacceptable and should not be tolerated.

“The company’s refusal to engage with the Labour Relations Commission has forced the workers hand to the extent that they have had to resort to industrial action and pickets such as the one today at Dublin Port.

“In the past number of months we have seen an increasing amount of companies attempting to use the current recession and in particular the unemployment crisis as an excuse to drive down hard fought terms and conditions for workers. This practice must be stamped out and Sinn Féin will continue to stand side by side with workers such as those at Dublin Port and others as they stand up for their rights.” ENDS

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