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(en) Ireland, Workers Solidarity #82 - SIPTU's Dirty Deal

From Worker <a-infos-en@ainfos.ca>
Date Mon, 20 Sep 2004 05:46:42 +0200 (CEST)


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SIPTU has signed its first ever no-strike deal. Connex, who run
Dublin's LUAS trams, have been promised there will be no industrial
action whatsoever. LUAS staff didn't vote for this, they were stitched
up by the ësocial partners' who run Liberty Hall.
In return for an agreement forcing LUAS staff to join SIPTU (and no
other union, like the ILDA-ATGWU!), SIPTU official Noel Dowling
has agreed "there will be no industrial action of any form during the
life-time of this agreement" and "any form of industrial action will
lead to immediate removal from the payroll and could render any
employee involved in such action liable to summary dismissal".

Where is the democracy in being forced to accept deals you had no
say in? What is the point of being in a union which declares it won't
use its muscle to better the lot of its members? What sort of union
agrees that anyone going on strike or working to rule should be
sacked?

The top brass in SIPTU seem to have forgotten why we have unions.
They are more interested in getting the members' weekly
contributions than in actually helping the members to improve their
wages and conditions. If ever we had proof of the different interests of
the bureaucracy and of the membership, this is it.

Sometimes activity within our unions can be boring, demoralising,
and appear to be a waste of time. But we should remember that the
reason the bosses (and many of ëour own' bureaucrats) are so eager
to castrate them is because of the tremendous power they could have.

If we manage to wrest control from the bureaucrats currently
strangling them, they will prove to be one of our best weapons in the
battle for a free and equal society. And this starts with convincing our
fellow workers to take more control at workplace and section
committee level.

by Alan MacSimoin (SIPTU member)

see also

* Workplace struggles and the unions
http://www.struggle.ws/wsm/unions.html
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