Socialist Worker


Issue No. 1760


THE LEADERSHIP of the Transport and General Workers Union (TGWU) is continuing its witch-hunt against two full time officials in Ireland. TGWU leader Bill Morris suspended Mick O'Reilly and Eugene McGloinn over five weeks ago, supposedly because of "administration difficulties".

It took the leadership four weeks to come up with any written allegations against the two. The leadership has now issued a 200-page report. It makes no charges of financial irregularities or similar offences, but shows the reason for the suspensions.

It criticises the recruitment of 110 train drivers into the TGWU (called the ATGWU in Ireland) from a train drivers' union, the ILDA. This group had formed when it rebelled against a rotten pay and productivity deal imposed on them by leaders of the SIPTU general union. Mick O'Reilly and Eugene McGloinn have been singled out because they have tried to make the ATGWU a fighting union.

In Ireland trade union leaders are even more wedded to the bosses and government than in Britain. Every trade unionist in Britain needs to rally to the defence of Mick O'Reilly and Eugene McGloinn.

  • Phone 00 3531 872 2692 for petitions in defence of democracy in the TGWU.

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Sat 4 Aug 2001, 00:00 BST
Issue No. 1760
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