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Tuesday 18 December 2018

'Locked-out' bin workers march on council HQ

STRIKING Greyhound workers and their supporters have marched on City Hall to call on the council to intervene in their dispute with the waste company.

Some 200 people moved their protest from Liberty Hall to City Hall yesterday ahead of the council meeting. Supervised by gardai, the workers carried banners and were led by a piper past Trinity College.

Lord Mayor Christy Burke led the marchers in the final part of their walk, shaking hands with workers in the crowd.

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Mr Burke told the Herald that he wanted to encourage the workers and the company to sit town to talks so they could "get the workers back to work".

"I think the workers are willing to do that," he added.

"We need to get the city back to being clean and tidy because it could turn into a health hazard and we don't want that."

Jesse Hughes, the Greyhound SIPTU shop steward, said the workers "want the council to stand up and realise the injustice that has been done".

"What we were facing on that first morning was outrageous. A 35pc pay-cut is too much for anybody to take," he said.

Today marks 11 weeks since the protest began over wage cuts and changes to the workers' terms and conditions.

Employee Fintan Reilly (23), who made headlines when he saved a homeless man from being crushed to death in a Greyhound lorry, said: "No man can take that cut. I question management if they can take these kinds of cuts in their wages."

Donnacha O'Cinneide (65) told the Herald that he would strike for "as long as it took".

"People are supporting us because they know if we lose then the floodgates will open and nobody's job will be safe," he said.

Michelle Corbally is married to Greyhound worker Gary Corbally and has been at the picket line providing food for those who have been striking. She dismissed claims that there was intimidation of relief workers.

"It has always been a peaceful process," she said.

Meanwhile, the strikers will vote today on whether to meet the company in supervised talks. The Labour Relations Commission (LRC) invited both sides to enter a process of engagement this week.

Greyhound bosses agreed to talk, but it has yet to be decided if the workers will meet them.

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