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Lucan: Ruling imposes restrictions
 
Two workers who recently occupied a JJ Rhatigan crane have ended their protest.

STRIKING bricklayers at the JJ Rhatigan site in Kishoge, Lucan, will continue their strike after the High Court ruled they were entitled to maintain their protest.
The workers, however, agreed they would limit the number of their picketers to six and that all future picketing would be lawful.
The strike centres on allegations of irregular subcontracting and underpayment, both of which have been completely denied by JJ Rhatigan.
JJ Rhatigan recently took legal proceedings against the union representing the workers (Unite) in a bid to stop the strike, and also accused strikers of intimidation, trespassing and racial abuse.
Mr Justice Paul Gilligan awarded costs to JJ Rhatigan, but put a stay on the order pending the final resolution of the case. The judge also permitted Unite to picket three JJ Rhatigan sites: Kishoge, St Pat’s in Drumcondra, and Griffeen Valley.
The numbers participating in the Kishoge protest will be limited to six, however.
Only eight can picket the Rhatigan site at St Patrick’s College Drumcondra, and four at the Griffeen Valley site in Lucan.
The union also understood that it could not picket the Radisson Blu Hotel at Golden Lane, which Rhatigan owns.
The court ruling took place shortly after an incident where two of the strikers spent three nights occupying a 200ft crane on the site.
Unite the Union welcomed the High Court’s decision allowing it to continue mounting pickets at the site.
Unite’s regional officer Tom Fitzgerald said: “We welcome [the] decision and note that Mr Justice Gilligan has urged JJ Rhatigan & Co to work towards resolving this dispute. Unite remains available to engage with the company through normal industrial relations procedures.
“I would like to thank all those who have supported the workers through this difficult period. Unite will continue working to achieve a resolution which ensures that our members receive the pay and conditions to which they are entitled,” he said.
Striking worker Paddy Redmond told the Gazette that he had no problem respecting the judge’s decision.
“It makes our life a little bit more difficult but we’re going to continue with the picket,” he said.
“The judge has acknowledged we are PAYE workers and he wants to have a full hearing. We’re prepared to wait and trust that the judge comes up with the right decision.
“We’re still here, and yes there are restrictions, but we still have rights and we’re still looking for what we’re owed and are going to continue with the strike,” he said.
Also commenting on the court action outcome, Cllr Ruth Nolan (PBP) said: “The workers are still quite upbeat and hopeful I have to say. The fact that they have one of the better trade unions representing them [means] they’re hopeful that there will be a positive conclusion to this.
“It’s hard to say what the outcome will be and it’s a hard one to call, but I think it’s a sad day when an employer can treat his workers with such contempt,” she said.
JJ Rhatigan had not commented at the time of going to print.

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