UNION representatives at an embattled waste collection company have made a preliminary agreement to re-enter talks with management at the Labour Relations Commission.
Shop steward for locked out workers at Greyhound Recycling in Co Dublin Jesse Hughes said SIPTU will ballot members tomorrow and hopes “we can go back to the Labour Relations Commission (LRC) by the end of the week”.
It is almost eleven weeks since management at one of the country’s largest recycling companies locked out 78 staff after they refused to accept a 35pc pay cut on June 17.
Up to 200 people marched from Liberty Hall this evening before staging a rally outside City Hall, where they called upon Dublin City Council to “use all its powers” to bring an end to the dispute.
Mr Hughes said: “Greyhound management locked us out of our jobs eleven weeks ago. They have to realise that there’s a lot of anger in the work force after what they’ve done. We can’t pay out mortgages anymore. People are sending their kids back to school, but they don’t have money to do it. A 35pc pay cut is outrageous for any man to face.”
His complaints were echoed by workers, who have not received their salary, and have been surviving on strike payments of €200, since the dispute began more than two months ago.
Fintan Reilly, 23, one of three men who saved the life of a homeless man after they discovered him sleeping in a recycling bin in Dublin city centre in February, said he felt “betrayed” by management.
“They’re asking me to take a 35pc wage cut down to €335 per week, which works out at about €8.65 per hour. No man can take that cut. I question management if they can take these kinds of cuts in their wages.”
The strike came after Greyhound management accepted an invitation from the LRC to return to talks with SIPTU.
A spokesperson at the waste collection company said it welcomed SIPTU’s decision to ballot its members tonight.