October 7th: In a statement issued today (Tuesday 7 October), trade union Unite dismissed as entirely without foundation claims made by construction company JJ Rhatigan in relation to the ongoing industrial dispute at the Rhatigan site in Kishoge, and accused the company of “attempting to re-write history in an effort to conceal the root cause of this dispute”.
Unite Regional Officer Tom Fitzgerald said:
“Unite was astonished today to see a statement issued by JJ Rhatigan which attempts to re-write history in an effort to conceal the root cause of this dispute: the fact that the company has operated a system of sub-contracting which has resulted in Unite’s members being paid less than €5 per hour.
“Unite will be seeking legal advice regarding a possible defamation of some of its members.
“The facts are very simple: Through a complex web of bogus self-employment, these workers ended up receiving less than €5 per hour while working on the JJ Rhatigan site at Kishoge, which is a Government-funded project.
“There is no justification for this situation. This is a project funded by taxpayers where workers have been paid less than the statutory minimum wage.
“Unite remains available to engage with JJ Rhatigan through normal industrial relations procedures”, Tom Fitzgerald concluded.