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Unite deplores treatment of long-time community worker

Unite deplores treatment of long-time community worker

30 April 2013

Bawnogue Unemployed Group dispute: Martin Walsh ceases occupation following Garda request, but vows to continue fight

Unite member Martin Walsh, who is in dispute with his employer the Bawnogue Unemployed Group, has agreed to cease his occupation of the group’s premises following a request by the Gardai.  Martin will, however, continue to fight what he and Unite consider to be unacceptable behaviour on the part of the Bawnogue Unemployed Group.
 
"Following a decision by the Department of Social Protection to withdraw funding from Bawnogue, it attempted to terminate Martin’s employment on 29 March on statutory redundancy terms. He has been employed by the Group as a jobs club coordinator for the past 10 years," said Unite official Walter Cullen.
 
"Unite has argued that the position of jobs club co-ordinator be transferred under TUPE to the South Dublin County Partnership or, failing that, that Martin be paid enhanced redundancy in line with established precedents where FAS has paid the enhanced redundancy to CE supervisors and job club coordinators.
 
"Martin Walsh has been occupying the Bawnogue premises in protest at the group’s intransigence. Today, he agreed to vacate the premises at the request of the Gardai, and out of respect to the members of the local community who need to utilise the resources of the centre, many of whom have supported and continue to support Martin in his fight for justice.  However, he and Unite will be pursuing this matter until an acceptable resolution of this dispute is reached." Mr Cullen concluded.

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For further information contact Martin Walsh on 085-719 7537