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I.W.U. supports the Dublin Bus drivers

category dublin | worker & community struggles and protests | press release author Tuesday November 13, 2007 18:56author by I.W.U. Dublin - Independent Workers' Union Report this post to the editors

The I.W.U. extends its support and solidarity to the Dublin Bus workers on the picket line at Harristown depot. The action of the workers is just, and commands the support of the working people.

Independent Workers’ Union:
Supporting the Dublin Bus Drivers

The Independent Workers’ Union extends its support and solidarity to the workers of Dublin Bus at Harristown depot, who find them selves standing on a picket line due to uncompromising bullying tactics of the management of Dublin Bus (Bus Ath Cliath). By this ‘1913 lock-out’ style approach; the bosses seek to break previous agreements reached between the Unions’ and the management. This is the latest in a substantial number of infringements on the rights of the workers right through Ireland. The concerns and the actions of the workers are just. Despite the selective and censored projections from the right-wing media.

The new rosters being forced by the bosses, force the workers to start, break and finish work in the centre of the city. This situation breaks previous agreements and furthermore it will add between 2-3 hours extra a day onto the work load of those drivers effected. These new roster have not been previous viewed or agreed by the workers effected. This situation must be seen for what it is, a hostile act against the workers in an attempt to break the power of worker solidarity and union.

The biggest concern for Unions though, is the fact that Dublin Bus bosses have openly stated that any previous agreements do not extend to new workers. This is a direct tactic of creating divisions between the workers and weakening the Union and the level of worker solidarity. Yet this is an all too familiar occurrence happening up and down the country.

We in the I.W.U. commend the actions of the drivers on the picket line. We must also warn the workers as class, that days of disputes and strikes lay ahead as the Celtic Tiger implodes in on itself. Those that will be effected will be those who created the Celtic Tiger through their labour, those who did not see the benefits of the Celtic Tiger, those effected will be the workers. In the coming years, workers will be squeezed and enchained to get as much labour as possible for as little as possible by the boss-man. Let us unite; and end worker exploitation.

Independent Workers Union

author by Socilaistpublication date Wed Nov 14, 2007 16:35author address author phone Report this post to the editors

In days of yore the Labour Party may have issued a statement such as this ,in defence of workers rights.
Nowadays we have to be content with mere allusions to such statements and positions by Ireland largest supposedly left-wing party.
The spokesperson for transport,the normally more reliable Tommy Broughan said in a statement-
"I am sure that the issues at the centre of this dispute are significant for the workers concerned and the company, but are they of sufficient importance to justify such inconvenience and disruption for passengers?"
"I am sure that what most passengers will want to see is somebody moving in to 'knock heads together' and ensure that it is sorted out."

A stronger statement of support for the workers is surely what they deserve rather than propping up the isial "disruption to the customers" focus.

author by labourwatcherpublication date Wed Nov 14, 2007 16:45author address author phone Report this post to the editors

Broughan is a disgrace and an obvious enemy of the workers' movement.

The talking up of broughan by supposed 'labour lefts' in the light these scab-worthy comments is sickening

author by curiouspublication date Wed Nov 14, 2007 16:52author address author phone Report this post to the editors

Do the IWU still have members in Dublin Bus? If so, how many?

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