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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.”

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“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.”

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“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.”

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Minister Varadkar’s threat to increments a clear signal that public service workers must ready themselves for fresh battles

Union leaders who sold Croke Park deal to members on the basis it would protect pay must now be held to account by members

“The attack on increments by Minister Varadkar should not be interpreted by public service workers as a solo run but an early warning that they have fresh battles on their hands.

“Likewise on the issue of allowances and core pay it is clear that all the cuts and job losses forced on the public service workforce thanks to the Croke Park agreement has not bought in return (as was promised by the leaders of some unions) the protection of those remaining in their jobs from further attacks.

“Time and again since the crisis began the trade union leadership, particularly in SIPTU and IMPACT have told their members in the public service to accept cuts like the pensions levy, the pay cuts of 2010 and subsequently Croke Park implying on each occasion that they would be left alone thereafter.

“The Socialist Party and ULA stands out against the vilification of public sector workers by the political establishment and right wing media. Every attack on the take home pay of public servants has actually furthered the economic crisis by taking money out of the pockets of predominantly low and middle income workers with a knock on impact on the private sector which is obvious to most people but not Minister Varadkar.

“The lesson should be learned by everybody that whatever we might give up in terms of pay, conditions, new tax impositions and welfare cuts it will never be enough for this government and the boss class. Therefore there should be no further avoiding of a determined fight to protect what we have.”