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Press statement: Clare Daly TD Socialist Party/United Left Alliance

Privatisation of state assets will come at the cost of jobs and democratic control over vital services and infrastructure

Responding to the government’s announcement regarding the part privatisation of ESB, Bord Gais and Coilte and the intended sell off of the government’s remaining stake in Aer Lingus Socialist Party/ULA TD and Aer Lingus employee Clare Daly said:

“Here we have another example of the government responding to the economic crisis with the same character of neo-liberal measures that got us here to begin with.

“A key feature of the crash in Ireland has been a catastrophic collapse in private sector investment. Rather than trying to sell off valuable state assets to this same private sector we need instead to be enhancing the role of the state in job creation through both emergency necessary public works and an expansion of state enterprises.

“The government are trying to soften this fresh attack by claiming that one third of any proceeds will be invested in job creation. However I will be putting it to Minister Howlin next Tuesday when he answers questions in the Dáil that the real experience of privatisation has been one of job destruction as is evidenced by Eircom and Aer Lingus who are both shadows of what they formally were.

“There is a more fundamental reason why privatisations of major assets and utilities should be opposed. As a class working people should have democratic control over key aspects of economic life in this country.

“This begins with major utilities and infrastructure being in public ownership. That is not to say that the pre existing set up in the likes of the ESB from the point of view of Chief Executuve salaries and the top down manner in which they are run is something we defend. Far from it, these organisations should be radically reformed and democratised while remaining in state hands.

“Battle lines have now been drawn by the government. The workers in ESB, Bord Gais and Coilte in particular must heed the experience of Eircom and Aer Lingus and ready themselves for a fight to oppose these privatisations. The Socialist Party and United Left Alliance will champion this fight in the political field.”

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Socialist Party TD Clare Daly calls for support for La Senza workers in Liffey Valley Shopping Centre
Responding to the occupation by workers of the La Senza lingerie outlet in Liffey Valley Shopping Centre following the sudden announcement of the firm’s closure of all its Irish operations Socialist Party / United Left Alliance TD Clare Daly said:

Like Vita Cortex and Lagan Brick and countless previous examples since the crisis began here we have another situation where workers are treated with utter contempt.

With no arrangements for redundancy and no opportunity for the workers to be involved at looking at options to save their jobs the occupation of the shops in Liffey Valley is 100% justified. Workers from the closed outlets in Grafton Street and Dundrum have joined their colleagues in Liffey Valley.

These workers deserve the active support of their community and workers everywhere. Ways of forging links with workers in the closed chains in the North and Britain should be found so that maximum organised pressure can be put on the company.

The determined stand taken by these workers demonstrates that the ground for a massive unionisation drive in the retail sector is very fertile. Our trade union movement must be equal to the task.

“It is also becoming increasingly obvious to workers that militant tactics are required to protect their rights. The principles of the global occupation movement have found there way into the popular consciousness of workers in Ireland which is something the Socialist Party welcomes

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An emergency boost to resources at the EAT is an absolute requirement
A question put by Socialist Party/United Left Alliance TD Clare Daly to the Minister for Jobs Enterprise and Innovation regarding case-load, resources and waiting times at the Employment Appeal Tribunal revealed an explosion in numbers of people seeking redress for unfair dismissal since the crisis began and a corresponding lengthening of waiting times.
Clare Daly said:

“I was provoked into asking these questions because of the amount of contact my and my party colleague Joe Higgins’ office was receiving from people who had good cases to make for unfair dismissal to the Rights Commissioner and/or Employment Appeals Tribunal.

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Clare Daly TD calls on DAA and Spar to protect the jobs of former Point Three workers

Lack of reassurances to 15 staff a scandal

“Following the decision by the DAA to put out to tender two kiosk spaces previously operated by Point Three Limited both outlets were closed on 15th October.

“Workers were told that Spar won the tenders. What should have followed was a relatively seamless refitting of both shops and under the laws relating to the transfer of undertakings the Point Three employees would continue to work under Spar.

“However since the closure of the Point Three shops workers were told that there would be a delay of four to six weeks before Spar would be in situ thus creating a considerable loss of income. However there has been no engagement with the 15 workers by Spar management to reassure them of their jobs.

“I call on Spar and the DAA to properly engage with the workers and furthermore ensure that between them they compensate the workers for any loss of income arising from these delays.”