Unite members angry at company threat to terminate recognition agreement
September 29th: Trade union Unite – which represents pilots working for CityJet – today reiterated its call for the company to agree to the WRC referring the pay issues at dispute to the Labour Court. Unite members voted overwhelmingly to take industrial action on foot of the company’s refusal to allow the dispute to be referred to the Labour Court, contrary to the terms of the company-union agreement, and have been engaged in limited industrial action since Friday September 23rd. Commenting, Unite Regional Officer Willie Quigley said:
“CityJet have refused to allow the WRC to refer the issues at dispute to the Labour Court, contrary to an agreement concluded between Unite and CityJet obliging them to attend the Labour Court. The company is now compounding that refusal by threatening to terminate their agreement with Unite in respect of pilot representation. This threat, if carried out, would amount to a denial of our members’ right to collective representation by the union of their choice.
“The overwhelming vote for industrial action reflected our members’ anger at the company’s behaviour. The limited industrial action which started this week involves our members refusing to accept roster changes within 14 days of roster date, and declining to interact with the company while off-duty. This action will continue until our members decide to escalate or otherwise.
“I would urge CityJet to allow our pay dispute to be referred to the Labour Court, and to withdraw its threat to terminate the agreement between Unite and the company”, Willie Quigley said.
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September 27th: Jackie Pollock, deputy Irish Regional Secretary for Unite offered his union’s backing for the ‘Tories Out – Austerity Has Failed’ protest set for Belfast City Centre at 1pm on Sunday 2nd October:
“On behalf of Unite the union, I urge trade unionists and the wider community to come out to show their opposition to Austerity at Sunday’s demonstration at Belfast City Hall [October 2nd]. We must continue to show our determined opposition to austerity policies coming from whatever source. Continue reading
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September 25th Unite, which represents craft worker in Dublin Bus, has welcomed the intervention of the Workplace Relations Commission in the ongoing dispute. Speaking in advance of talks scheduled to take place tomorrow (Monday), Unite Regional Officer Willie Quigley noted that unions have consistently stated their willingness to engage without preconditions.
“Dublin Bus workers, along with the travelling public, have been frustrated by the failure of both Dublin Bus and their shareholder, the Government, to engage meaningfully to resolve this dispute.
“Not only have our members received no wage increase since 2008, and been denied an agreed wage increase – they have also suffered a deterioration in their working conditions.
“Against that background, our members are determined to pursue their legitimate claims.
“We welcome the WRC’s intervention, and look forward to engaging tomorrow without preconditions”, Mr Quigley concluded.
As dispute escalates, Unite says workers and public paying price for “persistent Government disengagement”
September 19th: Following last week’s announcement of an escalation in the ongoing industrial action at Dublin Bus, trade union Unite – which represents craft workers in the company – said that workers and the public are paying the price for what it termed “persistent Government disengagement”. Unite today published figures showing that the Government subvention to Dublin Bus fell by 32.6 per cent since 2008, and is well below the level of other major European cities as a percentage of total revenue.
Commenting, Unite Regional Officer Willie Quigley said:
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September 16th: Unite officer for Translink Davy McMurray, whose union represents the majority of the workforce in Northern Ireland’s public transport provider, has blasted comments made by the company’s Chief Executive, Chris Conway, in an interview with the Belfast Telegraph earlier in the week [Tuesday, September 13th]:
“Chris Conway’s ‘soft-focus’ interview in Tuesday’s Belfast Telegraph provided him a platform to test the water on another fare hike and to leave open the possibility of privatisation. Continue reading
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