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Support Irish Glass Bottle Workers

category national | miscellaneous | news report author Tuesday July 16, 2002 17:54author by Working Class Action - WCAauthor email workingclassaction at eircom dot net Report this post to the editors

March in Dublin on Saturday 20th

Support the Irish Glass Bottle Workers March: Saturday 20th July 12 noon - Assemble at Liberty Hall

Support Irish Glass Bottle Workers

The Irish Glass Bottle Company (IGB) was officially closed down by the management on the 5th of July with almost 400 jobs lost. The workers are continuing their fight for decent redundancy payments with an occupation of the plant, pickets, etc. The Company was a traditional Dockland employer. Many of those who lost their jobs lived locally in Ringsend, but some also came from East Wall and the North side of the river.

In the weeks leading up to the closure the workers had held a sit-in at the plant. At this stage there was no question of their jobs being saved - it was obvious that management were going to shut the plant no matter what - this was simply a demand for reasonable redundancy payments. The Labour Court has recommended five weeks pay per year of service. The company has refused to pay this, instead only offering a half-week pay per year. (If any group of workers rejected a Labour Court recommendation in this way they would be condemned by the media and politicians. With a few notable exceptions these are strangely silent now). This dispute is simply about workers demanding their rights, to be treated with the respect they deserve in opposition to greedy businessmen with their own agenda.

What is the company’s agenda?
The events leading up to the current situation display the actions of a company with a hidden agenda and a serious anti-worker attitude. Earlier this year the company announced that it was in financial difficulties. At this time the workers agreed to a rationalization and re-organisation deal to the help save the company. The company chairman admitted that this was the best deal any management could get, however the company was intent on closing down anyhow. This came as a shock to the workers, many who have given up to thirty years service.

IGB is part of the multinational Ardagh Plc. Ardagh is hugely successful and profitable, it made a trading profit of 37.5 million euro in the year ending 31st Dec 2000. At the same time as the closure of the Ringsend plant was being planned the company was buying up plants in England, Scotland and Italy. In Italy they bought a glass factory, Consumers Glass in Teramo, for Euro 3m. One of the plants in England closed down only to re-open with non-union staff. The stated financial reasons for the closure in Ringsend are lies.

The IGB site is amongst the most valuable land in the country. The business men responsible for Ardagh, and their political cronies, have some plans for this area. These will undoubtedly become apparent in the near future. Recent tribunals and scandals have shown that this class of people is always scheming in the background, with no regard for who suffers from their actions.

Recycling?
IGB was the only glass recycling company in the country. The company had the capability to recycle 250 tonnes of glass per day. Its closure represents a drop of 30% of all recycling in Ireland. This is incredible, coming at a time when waste management is a major political issue. The Government is supposedly committed to recycling, yet has failed to intervene in the whole IGB controversy. What should be a key component in a national recycling strategy is allowed to close up shop with no alternative on offer.

What the workers want
The workers at IGB are not making any unreasonable demands. They are quite simply demanding that they be treated with respect. They do not wish to be thrown on the scrap heap. Instead, they want what is due to them as agreed by the Labour Court.

They are asking for your support -

Support the Irish Glass Bottle Workers
March: Saturday 20th July
12 noon - Assemble at Liberty Hall

On both sides of the Liffey, be it the Anti-Community Spencer Dock Development or the Anti-Worker IGB management, ordinary people are being forced to suffer because of the greedy few.
It is important that this is challenged.

Issued by:
Working Class Action
Email:workingclassaction@eircom.net

author by golden autonome - no orgpublication date Thu Jul 18, 2002 13:41author address author phone Report this post to the editors

Anything to do with the North?

author by Working Class Actionpublication date Wed Jul 17, 2002 14:52author address author phone Report this post to the editors

Working Class Action includes some people who were in Red Action, and some who were not.
Red Action has not existed in Ireland since 1996.
Working Class Action is not the same as the IWCA in Britain, though there may be a crossover in some ideas and organisational methods, etc.

author by golden autonome - nonepublication date Wed Jul 17, 2002 13:05author address author phone Report this post to the editors

Or has RA in Ireland disbanded after disagreements with the British RA over the nature of cheerleading the Adams/Mc Guinness leadership of Sinn Fein? There is a similar group who have stood candidates in Britain.

author by Workign Class Actionpublication date Wed Jul 17, 2002 12:55author address author phone Report this post to the editors

Working Class Action is an alliance of socialist, republican and community activists.
We have come together to promote our belief in working class independence.
We believe this can only be achieved by collective political action by communities themselves.

author by Curiouspublication date Wed Jul 17, 2002 11:16author address author phone Report this post to the editors

who is working class action? is it socialist??

author by Paul Kinsella - ATGWU (Strictly Personal capacity!)!publication date Tue Jul 16, 2002 18:38author email paulkinsella53 at yahoo dot comauthor address 53 Lorcan Grove, Santry, Dublin 9, Eireauthor phone 087 - 9748511Report this post to the editors

Lets make this a big one! Maybe we can tie this in with the SIPTU official Paul Hansard who was arrested by Santry pigs and the other Dublin Tunnel Port construction Workers who were threatened and abused by the Garda because they are on Strike and are Picketing the enterances to the tunnel in support of a disciplined colleague. Sorry don't have any more news on this at the moment. As soon as I hear anything I'll let you'se know. Have to rush off to a 20TH anniversary 'do' for the Ballymun Echo Community Newspaper in Ballymun.

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