Date Released: 22 July 2014
Unite Regional Secretary, Jimmy Kelly, presented a cheque for €10,000 to the SIPTU Greyhound Workers’ Support Fund during a visit to the picket line outside the Greyhound Recycling and Recovery headquarters in Crag Avenue, Clondalkin, west Dublin, today (Tuesday, 22nd July).
Jimmy Kelly was among a Workers Uniting delegation visiting the picket line, which included members of Unite from Britain and Ireland and members of the United Steelworkers Union from the United States and Canada.
Jimmy Kelly said: “We are sending a very clear message from this picket line to Greyhound: you are not simply dealing with a small group of workers. You are dealing with the trade union movement.
“Members of Unite and of other unions know that the treatment being meted out to Greyhound workers represented by SIPTU is the concern of all workers and all unions. The workers can count on our solidarity”.
SIPTU Greyhound Shop Steward, Jesse Hughes, said: “The solidarity that trade union members across the country are providing to the Greyhound workers is reinforcing our resolve to see this dispute through to the end.
“The Buckley brothers thought they could starve us into submission. However, this generous donation from Unite, as well as the many others we are receiving from other unions and ordinary workers, means that we will be able to continue until the company realises it can not treat workers as if it was 1913.”
The workers have been locked out at the waste disposal company since 17th June. Management at the company is attempting to force workers to accept wage cuts of up to 35% and has employed strikebreakers to carry out waste collections during the dispute.
SIPTU has 70 members in the company which has a contract to collect household waste for Dublin City Council.