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limerick | worker & community struggles and protests | feature Tuesday August 04, 2009 13:34 by Cian Prendiville - Socialist Party limericksocialist at gmail dot com Mid-West 0868064801
All workers & young people should upport the De Beers workers in their fight
Element Six/De Beers’ plan to shut their Shannon plant, sacking 370 workers, and move production elsewhere is a disgusting stab in the back of the workers whose hard work has made them billions in profits over the years.
These actions are motivated purely by greed. De Beers is a profitable company, making $3 million in the last year. The order books for many Element Six products are full. But they want more profit and don’t care if livelihoods have to be laid to waste in the process. They plan to throw hundreds of workers on the dole, in order to move elsewhere to pay slave wages of around €3 an hour.
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I do agree with this and I think its happening all round but a lot of the redundancies at present are piecemeal, in companies where workers are denied union representation by management and unions themselves have their heads in the sand on the issue. To make things worse, the tax payer is subsidising the move of Irish jobs to cheap locations by the 60% PRSI rebate. Employers are now talking about havinga "budget" for redundancies. What is needed is proper representation to empower workers to be able to do something, because right now there is nothing.
It is only in companies with collective bargaining agreements that progress is being made, those denied the right to collective bargaining are being left out in the cold and this is where the worst redundancies are occuring.
At very least employers who are making workers "redundant" to move their jobs elsewhere should not be subsidised in doing so and forced to pay a much higher level of statutory redundancy. Only employers genuinely closing down or in real financial difficulty should receive help from the state in this way, not those who are only going to use it to increase their profits elsewhere.
working in e6 used to be a badge of honour, something to be proud of and to be thankful for. It has however become abundantly clear that we are becoming surplus to requirement in deBeers insatiable appitite for profit. Be under no illusion, the Shannon plant is not losing money, the Shannon plant is not under
skilled or under trained, the shannon plant just costs too much compared to third world economies and yet our government preaches that we should engage
in a race to the bottom with these countries and disable ourselves in the process by becoming a cheaper country to do business in. Well, drop taxes and services for companies in ireland and stop letting the worker pay and take the blame fo everything, "THIS IS NOT OUR FAULT".
What happens to us in the future when the "Knowledge based economy" that our government aspires to, is caught up with by these poorer countries? Where do we turn to then? More people are forced onto the dole que by GREED, more companies are pulling out of Ireland due to GREED, more families are being destroyed by GREED all brought about by the need to fed this out of control egotistical elephant in the room, GREED.
Enough is enough NOW, not when it affects you and yours but NOW, because as the song says, " If you tolerate this, then your children will be next"
I am not going to tolerate this and will fight along with 369 others for what is just and right a long as I can.
Disillusioned but not broken.