Monday 19 February 2018

Families join bin workers on picket

Allison Bray

Allison Bray

MORE than a hundred family members and supporters of picketing Greyhound workers held a peaceful rally outside the company's depot, in west Dublin, to show solidarity for the SIPTU workers who have been off the job since mid-June.

Wives, children, friends and fellow trade unionists joined the Greyhound workers on the picket line outside the company's Crag Avenue depot in Clondalkin yesterday, in a show of support for the workers who claim management at the bin collection company locked them out on June 17 after they refused to accept a 35pc pay cut.

Amid a heavy garda presence, they formed a human wall in front of the depot, chanting "you'll never break our spirit" and "we're workers united we'll never be defeated".

Among the protesters was Greyhound operative Tom Manly, (55) and his wife Caroline Manly (54), from Clondalkin, who spoke of the toll the dispute has taken on them.

"You can't pay your bills," said Mr Manly, who has worked for the company for 13 years and is now supporting his family on €200 a week strike pay. "It's horrible," added Mrs Manly.

"It's very depressing and emotional. It's a horrible predicament to be in," said the mother of five, who is on JobSeekers' allowance.

The only consolation is the solidarity of other workers and their families who are in the same predicament, she added.

"When you see the support out here for the men and their partners and wives, it does give you a bit of a boost," she said.

Greyhound wants the workers to seek binding arbitration.

Irish Independent

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