Worker's Rights

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Worker's Rights

Press statement: Clare Daly TD (Socialist Party)

“Bar workers employed by the multinational catering giant SSP in Dublin Airport are rightly determined to fight to save the jobs they have being doing for decades in many cases.

“SSP, after winning a tendering process last February overseen by the DAA paid lip service to Transfer of Undertaking laws and proceeded to try force wage costs down in the most crude of manners which I have detailed in previous statements.

“At this point in time some six bar staff have been selected, unfairly in my view, for redundancy and are pursuing an internal appeals mechanism within SSP overseen from the UK. Those that have not been selected for redundancy are being put on a four week ‘trial’ and are being told that if they are not sacked at the end of that period they may continue their job at €9.40 per hour, a pay cut in the order of 37%.

“Rather than responding to the mood for a ballot for industrial action the SIPTU official locally has mistakenly bought into the redundancies as a done deal and has engaged in a process of negotiating redundancy terms. This fatalistic approach by SIPTU of not fighting to save jobs has got to stop. The workers have taken the unprecedented step of addressing themselves in an open letter to Jack O’Connor, General President of SIPTU insisting that a ballot be conducted as a last throw of the dice to save their jobs.

“I salute their couragious stand. I think it will resonate with working people and the unemployed up and down the country were it not for the media disinterest to date. A successful ballot and action might change that.”

Economy, Features

Press Statement issued by Socialist Party TDs Joe Higgins and Clare Daly, People Before Profit Alliance TDs Joan Collins and Richard Boyd Barrett
Scurrilous attempt to smear Socialist Party and People Before Profit Alliance TDs calculated to undermine principled opposition to Bank bailout/Austerity agenda
Mountain of public funding to establishment political parties dwarfs funds to left parties
The smear campaign orchestrated by Independent Newspapers against the Socialist Party and People Before Profit Alliance TDs is cynically calculated to try and undermine effective and principled opposition to the disastrous austerity agenda implemented to bail out the speculators and bankers who gambled and lost in the property bubble which they created.
It is scurrilous and underhanded to suggest some kind of impropriety in using a Dail travel allowance to travel around the country addressing mass meetings and rallies against the Household Tax or indeed any other issue.
Statutory Instrument 84/2010 refers clearly to a travel allowance that is to be used for ‘travel expenses which the member is obliged to incur in the performance of his or her duties as a member of Dáil Eireann.’ It is our duty to campaign for ordinary working class people against the baleful hardship imposed by the destructive austerity agenda.  But there is a blatant attempt to try and smear those TDs who are to the fore in the fight against this.
Massive public funding of Establishment parties ignored in smear campaign against the Left
In creating an artificial and manufactured controversy about using part of a travel allowance to fight the austerity agenda, Independent Newspapers conveniently overlooks the massive public funding of the pro-austerity political parties.  Under two headings: Party Leaders Allowance and Exchequer funding of Parties based on their first preference vote in the General Election over a 2% threshold: In 2011 Fine Gael received €4.57 million; Fianna Fail received €3.38 million; The Labour Party received €2.67 million; The Socialist Party and PBPA received €120,903 each which was audited and accounted for.
Among the uses for which the major parties can use their public funding for is ‘co-ordination of the activities and members of the party’. In essence their officers and organisers can travel the country to build their parties on public funding.

Public Funding of Registered Political Parties in 2011

Party Leader’s Allowance

First Pref Vote Payment

Total 2011

Fine Gael

€2,579,030

€1,996,638

€4,575,668

Labour

€1,634,607

€1,036,050

€2,670,657

Fianna Fáil

€1,746,501

€1,635,708

€3,382,209

 

le=”MARGIN: 0cm 0cm 0pt;”>Green Party

€75,583

€151,291

€226,874

Sinn Féin

€933,875

€629,275

€1,563,150

The Socialist Party

€120,903

nil

€120,903

People Before Profit Alliance

€120,903

nil

€120,903

Worker's Rights

“Given the ongoing crude efforts by catering giant SSP to rid themselves of experienced bar workers for the bars in Dublin Airport they took over in February of this year I am calling on the DAA to disregard any bid that comes from that company for other bar and catering tenders in the Airport.

“Specifically there is a tendering process underway for the running of a bar in Pier D. All tendering processes overseen by the DAA require bidders to maintain the employment and conditions of staff under TUPE laws.

“In the case of SSP it took only a matter of weeks after they successfully bidded to run one of the bars in Terminal one before they began trying to getting rid of the existing bar staff. This demonstrates that they cannot be trusted to respect the pay and conditions stipulated in the tendering process.”

Worker's Rights

“The efforts by the catering multinational giant SSP to get rid of experienced unionised bar staff in Dublin Airport stands out as one of the crudest in my experience.

“Thanks to the resolve of the workers the company had to abandon an unlawful attempt to replace them by catering workers on a €9.40 per hour pittance.

“Following this a spurious process of one to one assessments was carried out arising from which six bar staff with decades of experience were informed they ‘failed’ and would be made redundant.

“Throughout these events SIPTU have been found sadly wanting in not taking a more proactive fighting approach reflecting the anger of the workers. There is a mood among the workers to fight to save their jobs and SIPTU must no longer impede requests to conduct a ballot.”

“Support among other Airport workers will not be found wanting if action takes place.”