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Construction Workers to Strike Against CIF

Call for M3 Construction Workers to Strike Against CIF and SIAC/Ferrovial

TaraWatch is calling on construction workers on the M3 motorway to strike against construction company partners, SIAC and Ferrovial, over the 10% pay cut proposed by Tom Parlon, of the Construction Industry Federation (CIF).

If there is to be industrial action against CIF, then the M3 motorway is the most effective place to take it, as it is the flagship project for CIF, being the biggest construction project in Ireland. Frank Fogarty, President of CIF, is also Director of SIAC Construction.

While there have been clashes between construction workers and protesters in the past, TaraWatch sees both parties as being victims of the construction companies, who were pitted against each other by their greedy paymasters.

Up to e20 billion in overspending of taxpayers money on the national roads programme, by CIF members, took place between 2000-2009. After reaping bumper profits from taxpayers, and ignoring calls for environmental protection and respect for human rights, it is time for everyone to unite and recognise who the real enemies of the people and economy really are.

Industrial action against Ferrovial is currently under way in Indiana, USA, due to unfair labour practices. International Union of Operating Engineers Local 150 is striking companies and contractors working for Indiana Toll Roads Contractors LLC., which has the contract for the three-year, $250 million tollway expansion project scheduled for completion in December 2010.

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A TaraWatch spokesperson said:

"The greedy construction companies are finally showing their true colours, even to their own workers. It is time for a day of reckoning.

"Construction bosses pitted workers against conservationists, and laughed their way to the banks, with billions of taxpayers money.

"It is time workers and the people united, and brought to task the bosses who have raped the countryside and the public purse, without any regard for the environment, heritage or civil rights.

"CIF pulled off the biggest heist in Irish history, to the tune of e20 bn. Now they want their own workers, as well as the taxpayers and tollpayers, to keep the bumper profits flowing.

"It is time to hit them where it hurts the most, on their flagship project; the M3.


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