Striking workers in Ballinasloe today set example for all workers

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People Before Profit Galway has expressed its continued solidarity with workers at the Corrib Oil filling station in Ballinasloe on strike today until 10pm.

Today’s strike follows a previous strike on 22 December which enjoyed widespread support, with locals refusing to cross the picket.

PBP’s Paul Murphy challenged Minister Éamon Ryan in the Dáil this week to support the workers’ demand that management recognise their union, Mandate.

Local representative for the party Adrian Curran said that it is unacceptable that Corrib Oil workers in Ballinasloe have been forced to exercise their right to strike.

He said that the success of today’s strike will make it easier for workers in other Corrib Oil and H2 outlets, including that in Loughrea, to secure union recognition.

This will lead to improved pay scales, training pay, sick pay and pay increases for the cost of living, Mr Curran said.

Adrian Curran said that the Brackernagh workers are also setting an example for all workers in Ireland and called on Galway TDs to support the workers by legislating to guarantee union recognition.