Time for more Mayo Public Reps to Break Silence on Hastings Dispute – Senator Paul Gavan
Sinn Féin Senator Paul Gavan, spokesperson for workers’ rights, raised concerns earlier today in the Seanad regarding the ongoing Hastings Garage dispute in Westport.
Workers are currently on strike after the Tim Hastings Garage chose not to accept the Labour Court recommendations that would have seen three former employees given ex gratia payments.
Speaking during order of business Senator Gavan said:
“The Tim Hastings Garage company have completely disregarded the Labour Court and have offered no explanation as to how the redundancies were chosen.
“So far, we’ve had 4 weeks of workers and their families being out in all weathers taking a stand for fair play and decent redundancy payments.
“This issue has been raised twice by my colleague Rose Conway Walsh and the response we have received from Fine Gael is that this is a matter for the industrial relations mechanisms of the state. The fact is that these workers have exhausted the industrial relations machinery of the State, and we therefore have this impasse.
“I find the silence to date of Volkswagen Ireland, for whom Hastings Garage is a representative dealership, very interesting. When a global company like Volkswagen has its brand name on a garage it has responsibilities. Shamefully Volkswagen has spent the last 4 weeks in hiding. They have failed to return calls or Emails. It’s time for Volkswagen Ireland to face up to its responsibilities in this dispute.
“The silence of Fianna Fail and Fine Gael public representatives on this issue is also absolutely shameful.
“Those workers on the picket line need their public representatives to stand up and put the case forward for a just settlement.
“This Saturday SIPTU has arranged a support rally for the strikers at Hastings Garage at 1pm. I am looking forward to travelling there on the day and I would call on all public representatives who have a genuine interest in workers’ rights to come along on the day.”