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Socialist Party TD calls on Stobarts to grant union recognition and rostering rights to truck drivers ahead of strike action tomorrow

“The strike action being taken tomorrow by truck drivers employed by Stobart in Ballymun is 100% justified. As a company that makes goods deliveries to Tescos they are supposedly party to an ethical guideline whereby they recognise the union to which their employees belong. Indeed in the nearby Donabate depot Stobarts recognise SIPTU.

“The key issue however over which the dispute is taking place is the absence of regular rostering for the workers whereby they are only informed on a day by day basis the precise times of the shifts they work. This makes it impossible for them to make any plans in their private and family lives. There are also real health and safety concerns on the part of the workers given the erratic shifts they end up being asked to work.

“Again like the recognition issue Storbart’s do afford proper rostering to drivers in the Donabate depot. I hope the picket tomorrow, which is the second day of strike action will force the company to settle with the drivers. I deplore their attempt to employ strike breaking labour from Britain on the last day of action.

“I also condemn the granting of an injunction by the courts that seeks to prevent effective picketing of the depot. It is again another example of how the laws and in particular the Industrial Relations Act serves the employer class in this country.”

Worker's Rights

Clare Daly Socialist Party/United Left Alliance TD called on the State to fully acknowledge the barbarity of the practice of symphysiotomy and to afford victims the full rights of redress.

Speaking in the Dail today, Clare Daly, said, “This is an important step towards an acknowledgement by the State of the crimes committed against these women. Symphysiotomy was the butchering of women’s’ bodies, for no medical reason, without their consent.”

Calling attention to the women in the gallery, many of whom had been suffering and fighting for access to justice for many years, Daly stated, “This barbaric act is part of our living history and the women in the gallery are living proof of that”. Daly called for full redress to be available to these women who were victims of a violation of human rights.

She said, “I call for the Statute of Limitations to be changed so that survivors can take legal action, but more than this, for the women to have access to compensation and for these crimes of the Irish Stateto be fully acknowledged and never repeated.” Cllr Melisa Halpin from People Before Profit/United Left Alliance, said, “These women have been sentenced to a lifetime of pain due to a horrific procedure that had no medical necessity”.

“This practice was part of an ethos of controlling the reproductive rights of women. That ethos and the control of our hospitals by religious institutions allowed this practice to continue decades after it was banned in other European countries. That institutional control remains in place. We need a patient centred ethos not a religious centred ethos to dominate out hospitals and medical system. That’s why we need a state run, fully public, accountable and transparent medical system established in Ireland”.

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If state institutions like the National Museum of Ireland ignore LRC recommendations why would private sector employers bother paying any heed to them?

Responding to a situation at the National Museum brought to her attention by constituents Clare Daly TD said:

“On three separate occasions in recent years the Labour Court has made recommendations over disputed measures in favour of staff in the National Museum of Ireland, a state agency. These concerned matters around incremental credit, senior claims and rostering. On each occasion the employer has ignored the recommendations.

“Labour Court recommendations are not binding on employers and oftentimes are disregarded by bosses in the private sector. Nevertheless successive governments to this day always recommend to workers that they use the states industrial relations institutions to resolve disputes as an alternative to industrial action.

“Would it not therefore be reasonable to assume that the state as an employer would respect its own institutions? Not in the case of the National Museum of Ireland! Furthermore it seems that this poor attitude on the part of the state as an employer towards recommendations of the Labour Court is shared in other departments.

“For example the Labour Court made a recommendation for an enhanced redundancy for a former employee of the Irish Refugee Council it was likewise ignored. Now the Irish Refugee Council is not a state agency but does receive state funding and rightly so because it does admirable work. However I don’t think its treatment of the former employee in question was admirable. I raised this matter with the Minister of Justice his short response included the following idiotic passage:

However, it should be noted that were a Department to place more onerous obligations regarding Labour Court recommendations on a certain class of employer, i.e. non governmental organisations (NGOs), who are in receipt of Departmental grants, such grants given to help these NGOs in the provision of services could instead end up financing, for example, redundancy payments on foot of Labour Court recommendations.

“The position of the Socialist Party and many others active in the trade union movement that justice is more often than not unobtainable for workers in the Labour Court is being borne out. In the final analysis the traditions methods of struggle including strike action is all we are left with.”

Economy, Worker's Rights

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.”