Monday 19 February 2018

Clampers vote for industrial action in pay dispute

Clampers could take industrial action
Clampers could take industrial action
Mark O'Regan

Mark O'Regan

Clampers in the capital have voted overwhelmingly for industrial action up to and including an all-out strike.

SIPTU members at Dublin Street Parking Services (DSPS) have voted in favour of the unprecedented step in a secret ballot which centres on a 2.5pc pay increase.

Workers claim management has "refused to honour" the agreed increase, which they say has led to the threatened industrial action.

SIPTU said the pay claim has been due since November 2011.

While motorists will welcome the fact that clamping staff may not be on the beat, any extended strike action could cause widespread traffic and parking problems.

The decision came after Dublin City Council threatened to pay less for the service if a target of 60,000 car clampings a year was not met by the DSPS.

The clamping company carries out parking enforcement on behalf of the council.

Both sides had entered into an industrial relations process, in which the company made a series of proposals – including offering a €2,000 bonus per worker if this clamping target is achieved.

Staff would also get a 1.5pc pay hike if the target was met in 2014 and 2015.

Irish Independent

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