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Support the direct action taken by Waterford Glass workers

category ireland / britain | workplace struggles | press release author Tuesday February 03, 2009 05:49author by Kevin Doyle - WSM, Cork Branchauthor email corkwsm at gmail dot com Report this post to the editors

Statement by Cork WSM in support of Waterford Glass Occupation

The Waterford Glass workers have taken a stand. We need to build support and show solidarity ...

The Waterford Glass workers have taken a stand. At a time when 'talks' and more 'talks' are leading to huge concessions for us workers - be that in the private sector or in the public sector - they have said enough! On Friday, very publically and with determination, the reacted to the threats and lies of the receiver appointed by Waterford Wedgewood, and seized the plant and offices at Kilbarry in Waterford city. The Workers Solidarity Movement salutes their stand and offers then full solidarity and support.

In the last while there has been an unprecedented assault on our living standards. Huge numbers of us have been put out of jobs or put on short time; we have been told bluntly 'Take a pay cut or your job is gone'. Our union leadership has reacted to this with offers of talks and with appeals for calm. While doing this they have leaned over backwards to meet the demands of the bosses and the Government. Against this scenario, the Waterford Glass workers have said NO MORE. The time for talking with your hands tied behind your back are over! Workers did not create this crisis and they sure aren't going to pay the huge price that is being asked to solve it!

The WSM is mindful of the reality that the Waterford Glass workers in Kilbarry are in very difficult situation. Their jobs are on the line and a blatant attempt has been made to rob them of not just of these jobs but also of any outstanding monies that are due to them. It is very clear also that the future for huge numbers of workers and their families are on the line here. This is an example of where solidarity can count and can make all the difference. It is crucial now that we build and show as much support as we can for the action of these workers. It is also vital that rank and file workers mobilise to help extend this action. We urge the following as a priority:

· Send message of support to the workers at Kilbarry Fax from Ireland 051-332716 (from outside Ireland +353-51-332716)

· Organise collections and send a delegation to visit the occupation

· Organise a solidarity protest where you live.

· Raise the issue in your union or college.

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author by Mary Hatchpublication date Wed Feb 11, 2009 16:56author address author phone Report this post to the editors

Waterford Glass is too important to give up on. It is part of Ireland's history, and a proud Waterford tradition. Workers in Argentina have salvaged their companies and their jobs by taking control. There is much on the Internet about them. Here's one link for a start:

Fight on, and good luck!

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