New Events

National

no events posted in last week

Blog Feeds

Anti-Empire

Anti-Empire

offsite link ‘Reduced Service’ Sat Jun 18, 2022 11:37 | Anti-Empire

offsite link Inconvenient Questions for the “Specia... Wed Jun 15, 2022 16:32 | Anti-Empire

offsite link Who Dares Apply Anti-Interventionist Ana... Tue Jun 14, 2022 11:15 | Anti-Empire

offsite link Kiev Puts Its Military Deaths at 10,000 ... Mon Jun 13, 2022 05:58 | Anti-Empire

offsite link Rosgvard Wasn’t Told They’d Be Going... Sun Jun 12, 2022 14:24 | Rolo Slavsky

Anti-Empire >>

The Saker
A bird's eye view of the vineyard

offsite link Andrei Martyanov: July Aviation and Hypersonics Fri Jul 01, 2022 23:02 | amarynth
Please visit Andrei?s website: https://smoothiex12.blogspo... and support him here: https://www.patreon.com/beP...

offsite link Letter from Faina Savenkova: The more you grow up, the more you realise that the world is unfair Fri Jul 01, 2022 18:58 | amarynth
Faina Savenkova, 13, Lugansk The more you grow up, the more you realise that the world is unfair. When the war in Donbass began eight years ago, few could have

offsite link ?? We Are Z Fri Jul 01, 2022 16:29 | amarynth
By Batiushka for the Saker Blog The Schloss Elmau, ?a Luxury Spa Retreat and Cultural Hideaway? was a very suitable location at the end of June 2022 for the G7

offsite link Europe fails with German help Fri Jul 01, 2022 14:45 | amarynth
by Jorge Vilches for the Saker Blog Robert Habeck, Vice-Chancellor of Germany and Federal Minister for Economic Affairs and Climate Action, jointly with Annalena Baerbock — Germany´s Anglophile Minister of

offsite link Sitrep Operation Z: SloMo Collapse Fri Jul 01, 2022 14:39 | amarynth
By Saker Staff for the Saker Blog Let us deal with Snake Island first as the level of noise is unbelievable. Snake Island in the Black sea will remain under

The Saker >>

Public Inquiry
Interested in maladministration. Estd. 2005

offsite link RTE bias complaint

offsite link Fergus Finlay and the maternity hospital ‘gotcha’ trap Anthony

offsite link Irish Examiner and fake news Anthony

offsite link Labour Party: The unvarnished truth Anthony

offsite link Humanity: Zero chance of survival Anthony

Public Inquiry >>

Human Rights in Ireland
A Blog About Human Rights

offsite link UN human rights chief calls for priority action ahead of climate summit Sat Oct 30, 2021 17:18 | Human Rights

offsite link 5 Year Anniversary Of Kem Ley?s Death Sun Jul 11, 2021 12:34 | Human Rights

offsite link Poor Living Conditions for Migrants in Southern Italy Mon Jan 18, 2021 10:14 | Human Rights

offsite link Right to Water Mon Aug 03, 2020 19:13 | Human Rights

offsite link Human Rights Fri Mar 20, 2020 16:33 | Human Rights

Human Rights in Ireland >>

Milnes Foods Strikers Are Continuing Their Work Stoppages

category national | worker & community struggles and protests | news report author Thursday November 14, 2013 00:13author by Tom C Report this post to the editors

In a case even a rightwinger would support, Milnes Foods strikers are continuing their work stoppages .While progress has been made in areas, the right to collective bargaining, union representation, pro-rata pay for the cleaners and mechanics are some of the outstanding issues in this bitter dispute between some seventeen or so brave SIPTU strikers and the company of Milne Foods, of Birr in Co. Offaly. A Labour Court hearing is lated for December 12th. They are on one day work stoppages each Friday from now to Christmas, support from all would be appreciated.

The dispute arose a long time ago - workers were asked to sign away overtime rates and other conditions as the company was in trouble. A long standing issue of alleged bullying by members of middle management, and the refusal of workers rights to their chosen representative when in discussion or disputes led to the formation of the SIPTU branch in the factory, led by current shop steward John Carty.

All avenues of negotiation were followed through by organiser Mick Browne, and the company refused to recognise or negotiate with the union, or indeed engage with either the Labour Realtions Commision or the Labour Court.

In hearings at both of these, the workers won their case, both on merit and by default, as the firm did not show up.

A ballot for strike action was held, and passed, and a series of work stoppages has being ongoing for the past six or so months, along with a march through the town of Birr, attended by Ellen King, and some local councillors. Notable in their presence were the Socialist Workers Party and Sinn Fein, and by their absence the Labour Party and the local Socialist Party.

A meeting with Chairman of Birr Town Council, Cllr John Carroll, and other councillors was organised, as was meetings with local TD's, with questions being asked in Dail Eireann on the workers behalf by Sinn Fein TD's, with further assistance from the Workers and Unemployed Action Group of Seamus Healy.

What is notable about this strike, and what is great about it, is that it is powered by non nationals, the only Irishman on the line being John Carty, the SIPTU shop steward, giving lie to the claims by some that non nationals reduce wages and conditions, here they are the only ones fighting for same.

John Carty, the shop steward for the SIPTU workers at Milne Foods, addressed the recent conference for the Manufacturing Division.

SOLIDARITY FUND

SIPTU have a solidarity fund, those wishing to support can send donations to SIPTU Manafacturing Division at Liberty Hall in Dublin.

Related Link: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Support-the-Milnes-workers/298138056993390

Caption: Milnes March in Birr


http://www.midlandsradio.fm/custom/public/files/0958716.mp3

John Carty explains the development of the dispute

© 2001-2022 Independent Media Centre Ireland. Unless otherwise stated by the author, all content is free for non-commercial reuse, reprint, and rebroadcast, on the net and elsewhere. Opinions are those of the contributors and are not necessarily endorsed by Independent Media Centre Ireland. Disclaimer | Privacy