November 7th: In a statement issued today, trade union Unite has urged construction company JJ Rhatigan & Co to engage with the union to resolve the ongoing dispute at JJ Rhatigan’s Kishoge Community College site in Lucan. The statement followed High Court proceedings today at which the company failed to obtain an injunction preventing picketing.
Unite has been engaged in an official dispute with JJ Rhatigan & Co since September 19th over the company’s use of a complex sub-contracting system which has forced workers into bogus self-employment earning less than €5 per hour.
Commenting, Unite Regional Officer Tom Fitzgerald said:
“Eight weeks since Unite’s official dispute with JJ Rhatigan & Co began, the company has for a second time failed to obtain an injunction preventing pickets being mounted at its Kishoge site and other JJ Rhatigan & Co locations. The High Court has thus effectively accepted that we are engaged in a legitimate dispute, despite the company’s use of sub-contracting and bogus self-employment.
“Unite is now calling on JJ Rhatigan to engage with Unite to resolve this dispute in the interests of the workers, the company, and the local community which Kishoge Community College will serve”, Tom Fitzgerald concluded.