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Sinn Fein supports Tipperary Water workers

24 September, 2012 - by Aengus Ó Snodaigh TD

Sinn Fein's Deputy Aengus O'Snodaigh, today joined with trade unionists and members of Sinn Fein to support the plight of the Tipperary Water workers at the Ballyfermot plant.

Speaking in Ballyfermot earlier Deputy O'Snodaigh said, "Workers at this plant have suffered enough. I was shocked when the work practises at the plant were brought to my attention.

"Unilateral cuts in pay, temporary staff brought in to undermine the workforce and finally forced redundancies. Staff have taken an eight percent cut in pay over three years and 13 staff were made redundant in December last only to be replaced by temporary workers.

"Yet Tipperary Water had a turnover of €243m last year. These work practices are unacceptable. Sinn Fein, along with SIPTU, joined this morning's protest. We fully support these workers. We will be joining the workers in their protest again tomorrow morning and I intend to raise the issue in the Dáil tomorrow. Companies like Tipperary Water are using the current economic climate to force down pay and conditions. It wrong, it is confrontational and it will be opposed."

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