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Saturday 20 September 2014

Clampers may go on strike in pay claim

Cormac Murphy

Published 08/03/2014 | 02:30

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Clampers in action in Dublin

Clampers are balloting for strike action in pursuit of a 2.5pc pay rise, amid the fallout of new targets to clamp 60,000 vehicles a year.

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Dublin City Council has threatened to pay less for the service if the targets are not met by clamping company Dublin Street Parking Services (DSPS).

Now the trade union SIPTU will ask staff at DSPS to vote on whether they should take action in pursuit of a 2.5pc pay claim.

While motorists won't mind not being targeted, any extended stoppage could cause severe traffic problems in Dublin.

SIPTU's John King said the claim had been outstanding since November 2011.

Both sides had entered into an industrial relations process, out of which the company made a series of proposals – including offering a €2,000 bonus per worker if a total of 60,000 vehicles were clamped this year. Staff would also get a 1.5pc pay hike if the target was met in 2014 and 2015.

Mr King said workers "overwhelmingly" rejected the offer, meaning the proposals "have no standing".

The union said: "SIPTU members employed in Dublin Street Parking Services are due to hold a general meeting on Monday. At the meeting, members will hold a secret ballot vote on whether they should take industrial action and strike action in pursuit of a 2.5pc pay increase, which SIPTU claims has been outstanding since 2011.

"SIPTU members in the company have reached no agreement in relation to the introduction of clamping targets. A set of proposals relating to clamping targets was rejected by SIPTU members last year."

A spokesman for DSPS – which carries out parking enforcement on behalf of Dublin City Council – said the Labour Court had appointed a facilitator to help reach a resolution.

"DSPS management remain committed to the recommendations of the Labour Court and would expect that our staff and SIPTU will do the same," he said.

But Dublin City Council has indicated it may impose financial penalties on DSPS if a target of 60,000 vehicles is not met.

DSPS said: "The clamp release service in Dublin is based on contractual service levels being achieved. Enforcement activity needs to be visible and consistent to ensure compliance. DSPS has never accepted incentives for enforcement above the service levels."

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