Friday 17 November 2017

Driving testers set to strike next week

IMPACT spokesman Denis Rohan
IMPACT spokesman Denis Rohan

Brian Byrne

DRIVING testers are to stage a strike next week in a dispute over outsourcing.

Around 100 people will need to have their test rescheduled following the half-day strike on Wednesday next, April 2.

The union IMPACT, which represents 100 testers nationwide, said further stoppages could follow if the dispute is not resolved.

The union said management at the Road Safety Authority (RSA) is proposing to outsource testing in breach of a Labour Court ruling which recommended the recruitment of a reserve body of testers to avert possible backlogs in applications.

The Labour Court recommendation set out a process for the recruitment of the reserve testers, but the union claims that management ignored this process and moved to engage subcontractors, instead of recruiting more reserve staff.

Irish Independent

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