Construction Workers Action Group members during one of their previous protests in Dublin.
The Construction Workers Action Group (CWAG), a broad group of construction workers, union members and non-union, along with groups associated to the sector from varying degrees of the political left is planning to take to the streets on Friday to protect the Sectoral Employment orders (SEO) and the rates and rights contained therein.
“The legislation (the workplace relations act as amended in 2015) has been ruled as unconstitutional” said local People Before Profit representative Gus Mac Donald.
“This means that the mechanism /legislation by which SEO's are set has been voided, opening up the opportunity for employers to reduce rates, terms and conditions as the new minimum rate in construction is the minimum wage.”
This Friday, July 10, at 12.30pm they are holding a protest at The Construction Industry Federation HQ in Dublin and in various other locations, including Drogheda, in the coming weeks.
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Their aims include:
“It’s our belief that workers, allied to the public and organised and engaged in coordinated actions can and will force an end to the exploitation of the housing crisis through the manipulation of supply” MacDonald said.
“We want to prevent the further diminishing of our terms and conditions as we do so! We urge non-unionised workers to join a union. Union members should play an active role within their unions and all of us to stand in solidarity against the policies of austerity and any assault on any workers terms and conditions.”
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