Greyhound staff march to City Hall over cuts
Greyhound Household workers took their protest over a pay cut which is claimed will reduce pay by up to 35pc to the streets of Dublin yesterday.
Employees of the waste management company held a rally at Liberty Hall and then marched with their supporters to City Hall, where the monthly Dublin City Council meeting was being held.
Approximately 70 Greyhound Household workers have been on strike since June 17 over an alleged pay cut of up to 35pc as well as changes in the conditions of their employment.
SIPTU President and former bin man, Jack O'Connor said that the refuse and recycling industries "have been in a race to the bottom for some years".
"Now it has hit the bottom. Pay and terms of employment have reached such a deplorable level that they are unsustainable," he said.
Jesse Hughes, the elected spokesperson for the Greyhound workers, told the Herald that there was no option but to keep going with this protest.
"These workers wouldn't be able to afford their mortgages under the proposed cuts. Most of us have families to feed."
However, Greyhound Household Ltd last night called on SIPTU to recognise the Labour Court recommendations and to persuade the crews to go back to work and "allow both parties to return to the Labour Court for a binding determination".
A representative for the company said that the disagreement came after the employees rejected a Labour Court recommendation regarding legacy pay and conditions that are "completely out of kilter with industry standards".