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A very lively discussion took place at a public meeting held in the Carnegie Court in Swords last night. It was clear from the input from those in attendance that the government agenda of privatisation is what lies behind the current round of cut backs to the Home Help services.

The government are planning a cut of another 600,000 hours to the service before the end on 2012. This is on top of a cut of over 500,000 hours already made this year.
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Worker's Rights



Local Dail Deputy for the United Left Alliance Clare Daly TD has today strongly welcomed the serving of notice by SIPTU workers in the Dublin Airport Authority to embark on a course of industrial action to defend their pensions.
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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.”

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.”