Tuesday 21 October 2014

Striker hit by van outside depot may need surgery

Brian Byrne

Published 24/07/2014 | 02:30

SIPTU member, James Burke, was participating in an official picket outside the depot with his colleagues when he was hit by a van.
SIPTU member, James Burke, was participating in an official picket outside the depot with his colleagues when he was hit by a van.

A worker at an embattled recycling company has been hospitalised with a fractured shoulder after he was hit by a van while picketing in on ongoing dispute over pay cuts.

Father-of-three James Burke was taking part in a picket with fellow SIPTU members outside a premises owned by Greyhound at around 10am on Tuesday when he was struck by the vehicle.

The 42-year-old Dubliner, who had been protesting at the company's depot in Knockmitten in west Dublin, was rushed to Tallaght Hospital where he was last night awaiting medical advice on whether surgery would be required.

SIPTU utilities and construction organiser Owen Reidy said: "A locked out Greyhound worker was hospitalised with a severe injury after being hit by a van as it exited the company's depot.

"James is unable to sit up in bed and is expected to remain in hospital for several days and possibly weeks."

Mr Reidy said it was the third incident of a Greyhound worker taking part in an official picket being hit by a vehicle.

Greyhound confirmed that the incident had occurred, and said the vehicle involved was a supplier van.

They said the company had consistently called for picketers to stop walking in front of vehicles at its two depots.

Meanwhile, a truck driver was "attacked" and a group of people attempted to drag him out of his vehicle yesterday morning, it has been claimed.

Greyhound said the company was unable to complete a scheduled bin collection in the Finglas and Glasnevin areas of Co Dublin after it said the group also tried to remove the keys from the vehicle's ignition.

The incident occurred between 9am and 9.30am on Mellowes Avenue in Finglas.

The company claimed the attack had been "orchestrated by members of certain political organisations through social media under the banner of a peaceful protest".

Last week, the company accused masked men of attacking waste collection trucks, including an incident last week in Cabra in which a masked man smashed the windscreen of a vehicle using a claw hammer.

It's believed the attacks have been sparked by the dispute between management and SIPTU workers, who rejected a 32pc pay cut.

Irish Independent

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