People Before Profit wholeheartedly support South Dublin County Council’s Road Department workers protesting for their wages today (Friday 16th May 2014). The management in SDCC seem to want to make the deduction of wages a regular occurrance. Only before Christmas the Parks Department workers were docked a two days wages. They then staged an occupation of the council building and had all wages owed returned to them. This proves that people power and protest works. Hopefully the workers protesting today (Friday 16th May 2014) will have the same outcome.
Gateway – Forced Labour
There is also a general attack on council workers taking place. The new Gateway scheme, where unemployed people will be working for the council for €50 on top of social welfare payments, is a way of undermining wages and conditions for all council workers. It is also being used to replace some of the jobs lost in the councils during the recession. SIPTU, IMPACT and other unions need to take a clear stand against Gateway in order to protect their members.
Vote Left and Anti-Austerity next Friday (23rd May 2014)
People Before Profit are standing four candidates for SDCC. Voting for PBP or other Anti-Austerity groups will send a message to Fine Gael and Labour that we’re sick of their cutbacks and attacks on working people.
People Before Profit Stands for:
- Real jobs, not forced labour of Gateway and Jobbridge
- No to water charges, put water services back in the hands of the local councils
- Stop the privatisation of local services – take the bin services back to the councils
- More democracy and transparency in the councils
- Organise union members in grassroots movements against union leaders
Our candidates for SDCC: Tallaght South: Nicky Coules Rathfarnham: John Flanagan Clondalkin: Cllr Gino Kenny Lucan: Ruth Nolan
If you agree and want to join People Before Profit text ‘Join’ to 087 2836694