Date Released: 02 September 2014
Over 500 people marched through Dublin City Centre yesterday (Monday, 1st September) in support of the locked out Greyhound workers.
The colourful march began at Liberty Hall and concluded with a rally outside City Hall at 6.00 p.m., just before the first meeting of Dublin City Council after the summer break.
Led by a lone piper the march included large delegations from SIPTU and other unions including Unite, OPATSI and the TEEU.
Addressing the rally, SIPTU Greyhound Shop Steward, Jesse Hughes, said: “We have been locked out of our jobs for over 11 weeks. No one can be expected to take a 35% cut to wages with a mortgage to pay and a family to support. We will stay united and we will win the right to return to our jobs so that we can again support our families”.
Other locked workers and their wives also addressed the rally. Michelle Corbally, said: “This dispute is having a terrible impact on families. We need a solution to it but realise that the Buckley brothers, the owners of Greyhound, cannot be allowed to succeed with their bullyboy tactics.
At last night’s Dublin City Council meeting, Greyhound workers in the public gallery received a standing from councillors. Several motions in support of the locked out workers were passed and councillors also expressed serious concerns about the operation of domestic waste services in Dublin.
Among the motions passed was one requesting that the City Manager, Owen Keegan, presents “the council as a matter of urgency with a contingency plan for domestic waste collection services in the Dublin City Area if the company [Greyhound] is deemed unfit to have its five-year Waste Collection Permit renewed”.
Following a 30-minute debate during which several councillors voiced strong support for the workers, Owen Keegan, stated that he would today (Tuesday, 2nd September) present a detailed report on allegations that Greyhound is breaching city waste bye-laws.