From Socialist Voice, August 2009

Workers in struggle

Peel Ports, Marine Terminal, Dublin Port

Forty-two members of SIPTU have been on strike for more than a month at Peel Ports in the Marine Terminal at Dublin Port over the company’s attempt to enforce pay cuts and redundancies and its refusal to negotiate with the union. A Dublin Port Workers’ Support Group has organised a number of demonstrations in solidarity with the striking SIPTU workers.
     Recently more than three hundred people from the communities of East Wall, Irishtown and Ringsend, on both sides of the Liffey, joined together to hold a protest at the Marine Terminal. New solidarity actions are planned.

Fifty workers at Carroll’s Joinery on strike

At Carroll’s Joinery in Ballingarry, Co. Kilkenny, fifty workers, members of SIPTU and UCATT, are in dispute over the company’s refusal to implement a Labour Court recommendation for severance pay of four weeks per year of service. The company, which manufactures doors, windows, and other joinery products, closed the Ballingarry plant on the 17th of July. The workers are all local people and have been shocked at the loss of their jobs. “It was a devastating blow to us,” one striker said, “as there are little or no prospects of finding work in this area.”

Mr Binman on strike for eleven weeks

On the 25th of March workers at Mr Binman in Carrick-on-Suir, Co. Tipperary, a privatised bin company, were called in to a general meeting. The company demanded a pay cut of 10 per cent across the board, then tightened the screw by bringing individual workers in and demanding cuts of 20, 30, 40 and even 49 per cent, as well as significant changes in terms and conditions.
     The workers decided to get unionised and joined SIPTU. The company refused to recognise the union or to negotiate with it, and strike notice was served. The company has resorted to bringing in scabs.
     Pickets have since spread to Ballyneety, Co. Limerick, and Dungarvan, Co. Waterford. The owner of the company, Martin Sheahan, is seeking an injunction to ban pickets. He is quoted in an interview in the Farmer’s Journal as saying, “I consider myself the union here.”

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