Press Release

Mayor of Fingal attends tenth day of protest in support of school cleaners in Swords

Date Released: 13 September 2017

The Mayor of Fingal, Mary McCamley, has attended a protest this afternoon (Wednesday, 13th September) by school cleaners to highlight the loss of their jobs, outside St. Cronan’s Senior National School, Brackenstown, Swords, County Dublin.

School cleaner, Lorraine Reilly, who has worked at St Cronan’s Senior National School for 18 years, said: “We are protesting because after many years of loyal service to the school our jobs have been given to a cleaning company which has refused to take us on. The manner in which we have been treated is deeply painful to us, our families and many people in the local community.

“We wish to thank the Mayor for attending the protest today and lending her voice to the many calls for a just resolution to this dispute. We are receiving super support from family, the community, councillors and local TDs. They have all expressed dismay at how we have been treated and wished us the best of luck in getting our jobs back.”

 She added: “There will be no resolution to this dispute until the board of management of the school sits down and speak with us and our SIPTU representatives.”

 SIPTU Organiser, Paul Hansard, said: “These SIPTU members were employed directly by the school for many years prior to a management decision last November to outsource the cleaning function to a contracted company. The cleaning contractor, AFM Ireland Ltd, engaged by the management of the school to provide cleaning services in the new school year has refused to employ our members. This protest began on 31st August and will be maintained until there is a just resolution.”

The school cleaners will continue their protest tomorrow (Thursday, 14th September) from 8.30 a.m. to 9.30 a.m. and 2.30 p.m. to 3.30 p.m.


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