Hundreds marched in a magnificent show of strength and solidarity with locked out Greyhound workers. The march led off from Liberty hall and through the streets of Dublin to City Hall where Councillors were having the first Dublin City Council meeting …

Hundreds marched in a magnificent show of strength and solidarity with locked out Greyhound workers. The march led off from Liberty hall and through the streets of Dublin to City Hall where Councillors were having the first Dublin City Council meeting after the summer break.

Greyhound workers march and rally from Liberty Hall to  City Hall 1st September 2014 © Paula Geraghty

Greyhound workers march and rally from Liberty Hall to City Hall 1st September 2014 © Paula Geraghty

The Greyhound workers have been locked out at the west Dublin based 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 strike breakers to carry out waste collections during the dispute.

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”.

Sisters in arms- Michell Corbally and Pavlina Formaosova who's husband and partner are locked out Greyhound strikers march and rally from Liberty Hall to  City Hall 1st September 2014 © Paula Geraghty

Sisters in arms- Michell Corbally and Pavlina Bartasova who’s husband and partner are locked out Greyhound strikers march and rally from Liberty Hall to City Hall 1st September 2014 © Paula Geraghty

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.

The march included Unite the Union, OPATSI, Mandate, the Dublin Council of Trade Unions and the TEEU. John Douglas, the President of the Irish Congress of Trade Unions called on all  workers and trade unionists to join in solidarity in this seminal battle for workers rights.

Edel McGinley of the Migrant Rights Centre said “Many of the workers on strike are migrants and we are here in solidarity with them to stop the undercutting of terms and conditions”.

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 last night 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”.

This morning SIPTU members locked out of their jobs at Greyhound Recycling and Recovery have voted (Tuesday, 2nd September) to accept a Labour Relations Commission (LRC) offer to engage in talks with representatives of the waste disposal company.

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