[Sinn Fein]

23rd July 1999

Sinn Fein in call for strike support

Sinn Fein's representative for Dublin South West, Councillor Seán Crowe, has called on trade unionists from the area to show their solidarity with strikers in Johnny Fox's pub, by calling up and showing their support. The local Councillor has been in regular attendance since the strike began over six weeks ago.

Councillor Crowe said:

``I am calling on people to demonstrate their public support for these workers. Since the strike began, the workers, some as young as 14 years of age, have been threatened and bullied by sinister elements determined to break the strike. They have been fired upon by hooded men with imitation guns. They have received threats over the phone and have been spat on, all because they want to achieve their basic rights.

``This strike is about low pay, (literally subsistence wages) general improvements in working conditions and trade union recognition. Surely in this day and age this is not too much to ask. What is the point in having social partnership if workers have to go on strike to get basic rights like union recognition. Trade Unionists and like minded individuals should be supporting these young workers in direct opposition to bully boy tactics. I am appealing to the people of Dublin to get behind these workers and support this strike.'' ENDS

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