24th January 2003
Kehoe offers to intervene in Bricklayers dispute as honest broker
Sinn Fein Dublin City Councillor Nicky Kehoe has offered to mediate to help bring an end to the dispute, which saw 17 bricklayers arrested at a site on the North Circular Road in Dublin yesterday where they were protesting against the use of sub contracted labour. Cllr Kehoe said:
This dispute is now going on for 18 months and shows little sign of coming to an end. Yesterday s arrest of 17 workers, on the back of a court injunction, has been the situation worsen and could have long term damage to the future of labour relations in the city. Rather than engage in dialogue we have seen this company engage in megaphone diplomacy and resort to the courts.
With bricklayers across the city now out in support of these workers it is critical that talks begin immediately to resolve this dispute. Yesterday I called on the Labour Relations Commission to appoint a mediator. If they are not in a position to do this I am willing to put myself forward as an honest broker to bring this dispute to a successful conclusion.
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