Solidarity supports workers in struggle everywhere. In recent times our public reps and activists have stood with workers in Luas, Bus Eireann, Tesco, Dunnes, Dublin Bus as well as crane operators and secondary teachers who have had to take to the picket lines for improvements in pay and conditions or to just hold what they have in the face of employer and government attacks.
Workers in the public and private sector should not allow themselves to be divided by the media. We all have a stake in each other’s success when taking on the employer's.
Where is the recovery for workers?
Despite economic growth and surging profits there is nothing automatic about workers getting improvements and pay. In fact, this so-called recovery is in large measure built on low pay and precarious conditions.
Solidarity members active in their unions campaign for a fighting workers’ movement in the best traditions of James Connolly and Jim Larkin. Too many of our union leaders remain stuck in the mindset of so called ‘partnership’ and accepting the logic of austerity and capitalism which means not leading the necessary fight to defend and improve living conditions.
Solidarity calls for union leaders to be elected and subject to recall by the members they represent and likewise to receive salaries comparable with those they represent as opposed to salaries that have more in common with the employers.
Workers need a political voice
We oppose laws such as the Industrial Relations Act 1990 and the use of injunctions by employers which are designed to weaken effective picketing and protest action by workers and support strikers who refused to be bound by these measures designed to defeat them. We support mandatory recognition of trade union by employers and the extension of full union rights to those workers currently denied them such as the armed forces.
Our public reps in the Dáil will fight for every possible legal improvement in the status and conditions of workers but at the laws in the world is no substitute for fighting unions on the ground.