Workers in Rathcoole and Portmarnock say: “You will recognise us!" That was the message sent by Unite members in Portmarnock and Rathcoole on Thursday.
While archaeologists engaged in a third day of strike action against the Irish Archaeological Consultancy in Portmarnock on foot of the company’s persistent refusal to negotiate with their employees collectively, warehouse workers in Rathcoole held a protest outside PWL Logistics Aerodrome facility. In both cases, significant numbers of employees are represented by Unite. And, in both cases, management stubbornly refuses to talk collectively to workers through the union of their choice.
Roy Hassey is a Regional Organiser with Unite and has been working with members in PRL where the union represents around three-quarters of those working in the Aerodrome facility: “PRL is committed to delivering what they call the ‘PRL experience’ for customers. But as far as their workers are concerned, the ‘PRL experience’ is of a company that refuses to talk. Our members are frustrated, and they will continue protesting until the company treats them with basic decency and respect”. On the other side of Dublin, in Portmarnock, archaeologists working for IAC are equally frustrated at the company’s persistent refusal to negotiate with Unite, which represents commercial archaeologists throughout Ireland. As Jean O’Dowd, chair of the union’s archaeological branch, put it: “The skill, expertise and experience of our members has made IAC the country’s largest archaeological consultancy, yet they refuse to come to the table and talk collectively to us about pay – despite numerous invitations to do so, not only directly but through the WRC”. Unite members are determined to be recognised and respected – in PRL, IAC and in workplaces throughout the country.