Call on public to support striking workers

by Rachel Cunningham
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Local representatives in Dublin Midwest have called on members of the public to show their support for striking workers, writes Rachel Cunningham.

Water workers who are members of Unite the Union have been on strike against the framework that would see them being moved from the local authorities to Uisce Eireann, previously Irish Water.

They are concerned about the loss of conditions in the transfer and future privatisation of water services. They are also demanding a referendum on keeping water in public ownership.

Workers in the fire service have been on strike to demand improved pay and conditions for retained fire fighters.

The retained workers are currently on a retainer of €8500 per year while having to be on call 24 hours a day in case of a call-out. They are demanding proper pay and conditions.

People Before Profit representative, Gino Kenny, spoke in support of the recent strike actions, stating that essential workers deserve to be treated with respect and to be paid properly for the work they do.

“The government has a budget surplus of about €16 billion and they are still refusing to pay retained fire fighters a living wage,” added the People Before Profit representative for Clondalkin, Darragh Adelaide.

“Frontline workers such as fire fighters and health service workers deserve more than applause, they deserve decent pay for their incredible work.”

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