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Eastwall and Ringsend communities march to support Strikers at Dublin Port

category dublin | worker & community struggles and protests | news report author Tuesday July 28, 2009 14:19author by Paula Geraghtyauthor email mspgeraghty at yahoo dot ieauthor phone 0876101340 Report this post to the editors

Communities unite on East link bridge in solidarity with Dublin Port strikers


Dublin Port Workers Support Group will held two simultaneous protest actions, North and South of the Liffey, today. Groups gathered in East Wall and Ringsend and march to meet together at the East Link Bridge . This meeting point symbolises unity between the communities, coming together in solidarity with Dublin Port Workers currently on strike.

Local Community activist Joe Mooney stated
“We want to draw attention to what is happening in Dublin Port , where workers rights are under attack. We are witnessing a U.K. based company abusing it’s work force , on a site owned by an Irish State Company.We are calling on the Dublin Port Company to intervene ,and to tackle this appalling behaviour being carried out by it’s tenant.”

The support group, in calling the protest has stated:
“ Generations of Dockland Residents worked hard to make Dublin Port a success. They fought for workers rights, and to guarantee employment opportunities for future generations.These are now under threat. This protest action is taking place to support striking workers and to safeguard future employment at Dublin Port. ”

The group supplied the following information about the strike:

Jobs, working conditions and job security are all under threat at Marine Terminal in Dublin Port. The owners, the UK based Peel Group have targeted Dublin workers. They have implemented forced redundancies, with no consultation, and with no fair or transparent process. They have introduced new “take it or leave it” contracts, reducing wages and severely worsening working conditions. These contracts, if signed, would see Dublin workers forced to go work in UK ports at the company’s discretion.

The company has repeatedly refused to engage with the Labour Relations Court and Labour Court . Faced with bully boy tactics the workers were left with no alternative but to commence Official strike action.

Peel Group are the second largest group of Ports in the UK . They are part of a larger commercial enterprise involved in property development and land speculation, having assets valued at over £4.5 billion. Ironically, they are only a tenant of Dublin Port , an Irish State company. They are behaving in this appalling manner on property owned by the Irish tax payer.
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author by Joe Mooney - Dublin Port Workers Support Grouppublication date Tue Jul 28, 2009 23:08author email supportportworkers at dublin dot ieReport this post to the editors

Good photos Paula. Just a bit of sad news. Following the protest a Ringsend resident who had taken part tragically passed away. The support group passes on their condolences and sympathy to the mans family and friends.

author by Kne Leepublication date Sat Aug 01, 2009 09:51Report this post to the editors

This demonstration could have been advertised better, I can't find a notice of it in the event calendar?

author by strike supporterpublication date Mon Aug 03, 2009 01:02Report this post to the editors

what is going on, i dont understand why the publicity of this strike is so low key, everyone in the country now know about the thomas cook strike and they are 3 days on strike as it has had so much publicity, this strike is going into week 5 and yet anybody i raise the subject with, they are totally oblivious to what is going on in dublin port. It is appalling how these workers are been treated. The protest that took place last week, i say arange alot more of them. I drive past the gate most days and only for i have a family member involved i wouldnt have a clue what or who was striking. More big protests and for a number of days, and what is going on with the fact that rte never published the article they recorded, radio stations?????i hav'nt heard a thing on the radio, i would have expected by now to have heard this issue on Gerry Ryan!!!!

Keep fighting, i hope the l.r.c and the e.a.t come down on these bullys like a tone of bricks....All the managment in this so called company must have no concious and who knows they too could be next on this Mr Whittakers list...


author by Dublin Port Workers Support Grouppublication date Mon Aug 03, 2009 17:58author email supportportworkers at dublin dot ieReport this post to the editors

Next Monday (August 10th) the Dublin Port Workers Support Group is holding another march to support the strikers.

We will be meeting at 10.30am at
Ray's Shop, Sean Moore Road, Ringsend
St Joseph's school, East Wall Road

Both marches will join up at the East Link bridge and then go together to support the strikers at the MTL depot.

Everyone is very welcome.

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