Tuesday 21 November 2017

Blockaded Greyhound bin lorries halt bin collections, court hears

Saurya Cherfi

THREE hundred customers could not have their bins collected over the weekend as bin lorries were being blockaded by Greyhound waste collection workers involved in a dispute with their employer over pay, a court was told today.

Barrister Louis McEntagart, for Greyhound, told the High Court that last Friday lorries were prevented from entering and leaving Greyhound Recycling’s depot in Clondalkin, Dublin, for more than two hours.

Mr McEntagart said since last Friday the company had been unable to collect 300 customers waste at Cromcastle, Coolock, Co Dublin.

He told Ms Justice Mary Irvine that the company was looking, on an ex-parte basis, for leave to apply for an interlocutory injunction to restrain the workers and SIPTU, the union representing them, from blockading the waste collection services.

In an affidavit Michael Buckley, chief executive of Greyhound Recycling and Recovery, claimed that Garda Resources had needed to be stretched to facilitate free passage for the lorries.

Mr Buckley claimed that last Friday lorries had been blockaded during their waste collection duties throughout Dublin. Some of the blockades had been recorded by the protesters and had been available on You Tube.

He claimed the blockades had been ongoing since mid-July last, despite undertakings given last month to the High Court by some Greyhound workers represented in court and SIPTU to conduct picketing peacefully.

Mr Buckley said in his affidavit that the manner in which the protests are being conducted is dangerous and the company was concerned that some person may suffer serious injury.

He claimed that during one blockade, a young child was lifted and placed by a protester in front of a heavy vehicle which was trying to leave the company’s depot.

Mr Buckley claimed that People Before Profit TD Joan Collins and Councillor Tina MacVeigh had been involved in some of the blockades.

Ms Justice Irvine today granted Greyhound leave to apply for an interim interlocutory injunction to be heard on Friday, in which the company will seek for further injunctions.

She also granted the company permission to serve short notice on 17 individuals of its application. 

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