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Sunday 21 September 2014

Bin firm staff will vote on talks to end dispute

Brian Byrne

Published 02/09/2014 | 02:30

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Workers march on City Hall to protest in support of the staff on strike at Greyhound Bins. Photo: Arthur Carron

STAFF at an embattled waste collection company are to vote on talks, just hours after they took to the streets calling for an end to the dispute.

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Union representatives said SIPTU would ballot members at Greyhound Recycling in Co Dublin today to re-enter talks with management at the Labour Relations Commission (LRC).

Shop steward Jesse Hughes said they hoped to go back to the LRC by the "end of the week".

A spokesperson at the waste collection company said it welcomed SIPTU's decision to ballot its members last night.

It is 11 weeks to the day since the dispute involving 78 staff arose at one of the country's largest recycling companies over the proposed wage cut and changes in the conditions of their employment.

Up to 200 people marched from Liberty Hall yesterday evening before staging a rally outside City Hall, calling upon Dublin City Council to "use all its powers" to bring an end to the dispute.

Mr Hughes said: "We can't pay out mortgages anymore. People are sending their kids back to school, but they don't have money to do it."

His complaints were echoed by workers, who have not received their salary, and have been surviving on strike payments of €200, since the dispute began more than two months ago.

At a meeting of Dublin city councillors after the rally, Greyhound staff received a standing ovation after they entered the public gallery.

Irish Independent

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