Trade Union sector show their support & solidarity with agency workers in Ireland

This evening many across the trade Union sector came out to the Dáil to show their support and solidarity with agency workers in Ireland. Tonight Siptu organised a protest in support of Agency Workers while the Dail discusses labour law.

Trade Union Protest at Dail over treatment of Agency Workers

Read the rest of the story & watch a video of a SIPTU Shop Steward talking of his experience with agency work in Ireland…

This evening many across the trade Union sector came out to the Dáil to show their support and solidarity with agency workers in Ireland. Tonight Siptu organised a protest in support of Agency Workers while the Dail discusses labour law.

Trade Union Protest at Dail over treatment of Agency Workers

Photo: Paula Geraghty (Copyright)

‘This is an opportunity to show unity between Irish and migrant workers, and to say that “an injury to one is the concern of all”.

Many in the trade union movement hope that a solution can be found in the bargaining around the next stage of ‘social partnership’. That may or may not happen, though the government’s record in relation to the non-pay parts of previous agreements is pretty feeble.

The bosses (which includes the owners of the rogue agencies and the owners of the firms who use them) are not our partners. They want to screw as much as possible out of us, which is what ‘competitiveness’, ‘restructuring’, ‘new ways of working’ and ‘increased productivity’ are usually about.

The best way to win a better deal for our fellow workers is to show that we will stand with them and refuse to let the weakest be trampled on by greedy employers.’

If you are an agency worker theres lots more info on the Siptu website. Many Unions turned out in force this evening, Impact, Amicus, Mandate to name but a few.

http://www.siptu.ie/agency/

SIPTU Shop Steward, Conor O’Gorman, spoke about his experiences as an agency worker in the construction industry in Ireland.

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