Talks fail to avert bin-strike threat in capital
Published 20/07/2010 | 05:00
THERE was no breakthrough at emergency talks last night to avert a bin strike that could hit 18,000 householders in two days.
Refuse collectors at Dun Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council in Dublin have threatened to bring services to a halt on Thursday when they down tools over the privatisation of the service.
Talks will resume today in a bid to prevent industrial action that could spread to other local authorities.
Waste collection services across the wider Dublin city and county area could be plunged into chaos next week.
Fingal County Council and South Dublin County Council have already balloted in favour of action and the result of a ballot by bin collectors at Dublin City Council is due tomorrow.
The row centres on Dun Laoghaire-Rathdown Council's decision to appoint private waste collection firm Panda to replace its own service from next Monday. It has recommended Panda to householders as the preferred service provider.
SIPTU served strike notice on the council after learning that its members were to be redeployed to other sections of the local authority.
Ramon O'Reilly of SIPTU said privatisation usually raised the cost of waste collection.