Wednesday 21 March 2018

Greyhound 'strikebreakers' to collect domestic waste

Striking SIPTU workers on the Greyhound picket line yesterday.
Striking SIPTU workers on the Greyhound picket line yesterday.
Mark O'Regan

Mark O'Regan

GREYHOUND – one of Dublin's biggest refuse collection companies – has increased tensions with workers after employing 'strike-breakers' to carry out domestic waste collection in the city.

Pickets were placed on the Greyhound Household plant in Clondalkin, west Dublin, yesterday morning in a dispute over cuts to workers' wages and changes to their conditions of employment.

SIPTU said it was unclear whether individuals now carrying out collection in Dublin can provide a professional service. SIPTU organiser Henry O'Shea said they were "highly concerned" by the use of what he termed "strikebreakers".

However, the company insists the strike by 70 staff is in breach of a Labour Court recommendation.

Workers are downing tools in a row over claims their wages will be cut by €270 a week, or 35pc. Grey-hound Household owner Michael Buckley called on crews to come back to work under the terms of the Labour Court recommendation.

Greyhound said its crews were all competent, fully licensed and qualified.

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