Date Released: 06 August 2014
The co-founder of Women Against Pit Closures, Anne Scargill, visited Greyhound workers at their picket line in Clondalkin, west Dublin, today (Wednesday, 6th August) in a show of solidarity with the SIPTU members who have been locked out of their workplace for eight weeks.
Anne Scargill said: “I am here to show solidarity with these men and indicate the support they have from trade unionists in Britain, as well as in Ireland. Thirty years ago, coal miners across Britain were on strike for a year. I know the pressure that these men and their families are under during this time and I wish to stand with them in their struggle for what is right.
“Being involved in a dispute like this can be very hard. I am here to tell them that they are not alone in this struggle and to just keep going until they succeed”.
Accompanying Anne Scargill was a delegation of British trade unionists and political activists. During her visit to the picket line, Anne Scargill, presented a donation to the Greyhound Workers’ Support Fund on behalf of Women Against Pit Closures.
Anne Scargill is a leading community activist in the North of England and the former wife of trade union leader Arthur Scargill, who led the British National Union of Mineworkers during the 1984-85 UK miners strike.
SIPTU Greyhound Shop Steward, Jesse Hughes, said: “This dispute has united the workers and as each week passes we have become more determined to see it through until its success. This is simply a dispute we cannot afford to lose.”
He added: “The solidarity that trade union members from across Ireland and Britain are providing to the Greyhound workers is reinforcing our resolve to see this dispute through to the end.
The Greyhound 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.