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Wednesday 19 December 2018

Greyhound pickets could cause 'waste crisis', says firm

SOME of Greyhound Recycling's 'locked-out' workers blockaded the company's premises as discussions in the bitter dispute over pay cuts entered the Labour Relations Commission (LRC).

A group has refused to end a blockade of the Clondalkin depot in Dublin, despite the agreed intervention of a third party.

Now Greyhound has warned of a "waste crisis" in Dublin if blockades by workers continue and waste trucks are not allowed in or out.

"To date, we have been able to continue services to our 140,000 customers, but if these pickets are allowed to continue it could get very serious.

"We could be looking at a massive waste crisis in Dublin," a spokesman for the company said.

Staff claim that they have been locked-out for more than 11 weeks in the argument over pay cuts of more than 30pc.

During that period, they have been replaced by workers who cross the picket lines and Greyhound has attempted to continue collecting bins despite the industrial action.

talks

Siptu balloted 78 union members and the workers overwhelmingly agreed to accept an invitation to enter into talks involving the LRC.

The LRC asked that industrial action "be conducted in a peaceful manner free of any activity outside of normal industrial relations parameters" as the engagement proceeds.

However, some people have remained outside the depot and, according to the company, have been blocking trucks entering other sites.

"We have called on Siptu to condemn these actions," added the spokesman.

"The Labour Relations Commission has called on all parties to end any illegal activities, including these blockades, so that progress can be made."

Management has insisted that the substantial pay cuts were necessary in order to secure the future of the company.

Speaking following the ballot to attend the LRC, Siptu organiser Henry O'Shea said it was hoped that the process would result in a fair and just resolution to the dispute.

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