Unite placing pickets on JJ Rhatigan sites from this morning

unite white out of redMembers working on school building projects for builder earning less than Minimum Wage

Dept of Education accused of turning blind eye to abuses

September 19th: Trade union Unite will be placing pickets on JJ Rhatigan sites from this morning. The move follows a ballot of Unite members working on the Rhatigan construction site at Kishoge Community College in Lucan.

Commenting, Unite Regional Officer Tom Fitzgerald said:

“Our members have been left with no choice but to take industrial action in order to secure decent terms and conditions. Workers on Rhatigan’s Kishoge site have been forced into bogus self-employment, with some earning less than €5 per hour – below the statutory Minimum Wage.

“They have not been paid in over four weeks and have now been locked out of their jobs after asserting their rights.

“JJ Rhatigan is the main contractor on a range of school building projects. The Department of Education has a responsibility to ensure that contractors comply with the spirit as well as the letter of our employment laws. We are calling on the Department to stop turning a blind eye to abuses and conduct an urgent review of its compliance system to ensure that the kind of behaviour Unite has witnessed in Kishoge cannot occur on school building projects.

“JJ Rhatigan’s employment practices are driving down terms and conditions in the construction sector as a whole and cannot be tolerated by the trade union movement”, Tom Fitzgerald concluded.

This entry was posted in Press Releases, Republic of Ireland news and tagged , , , , . Bookmark the permalink.

One Response to Unite placing pickets on JJ Rhatigan sites from this morning

  1. Pingback: Unite dispute with JJ Rhatigan | The Flame By Unite Youth Dublin

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s