Unite repeats call on construction body to engage ‘meaningfully and collectively’
August 17th: Unite, which represents over 90% of crane drivers in Ireland, today accused the CIF of “failing its members” as the construction body continues its policy of non-engagement with the union. The statement came as crane operators engage in two more days of nationwide strike action today and tomorrow, which will again see pickets being placed on key Dublin sites.
In a statement this morning, the union said:
“The WRC has stated that it remains available to assist in resolving this dispute, and Unite has repeatedly called on the CIF to engage with us on the legitimate pay demands of crane operators.
“Instead, construction firms throughout Ireland are being failed by their representative body which withdrew from the WRC process in June, forcing Unite members into official industrial action against CIF members, and which continues to maintain a hands-off approach while its members’ sites lie idle.
“Unite will continue pursuing our members’ interests. The time has come for construction companies to demand that the CIF do likewise, and engage meaningfully and collectively with us to vindicate its members interests and the interests of the construction sector as a whole”, the statement concluded.