Binmen on brink of deal
BINMEN are set to lift the threat of a chaotic strike in the capital next week.
Their union SIPTU and management at Dublin's four local authorities are on the brink of an agreement.
The deal will end a row over plans to fully privatise refuse collection services in Dun Laoghaire/Rathdown County Council.
Following a week of talks, the union and the council yesterday adjourned negotiations at the Labour Relations Commission. They will meet next week, along with the other Dublin local authorities, to sign off on a deal that will mean some direct labour services will stay in place.
Sources said the compromise would mean a service run by around 25 bin collectors -- as opposed to the current 40 workers -- will be kept at Dun Laoghaire-Rathdown.
The remaining workers will be redeployed to other sections of the council. In return, it is likely that the council will be able to sign a contract for a pared-down service with a private contractor.
It planned to appoint Panda to begin operating in the area next Monday but deferred signing the contract to enter talks with the union after a strike was threatened.
Although the dispute began in Dun Laoghaire-Rathdown, bin collectors at three other local authorities voted in favour of industrial action. They claimed Dun Laoghaire-Rathdown was in breach of an agreement between SIPTU and the four local authorities to maintain and expand direct labour services. Last night, SIPTU said the four Dublin authorities had agreed to meet it early next week to recommit to the capital's Waste Management Plan.