Sunday 17 December 2017

Worker injured by truck in dispute at bins depot

Greyhound workers were demonstrating yesterday
Greyhound workers were demonstrating yesterday

Aodhan O'Faolain, Ray Managh and Anne-Marie Walsh

A GREYHOUND worker was hit by a truck during a dispute outside a Dublin refuse depot just hours before the company went to the courts to halt the protest.

The High Court agreed to grant a temporary injunction preventing workers blocking trucks entering and leaving a premises of a waste disposal company that collects 110,000 households' bins in Dublin.

The workers placed a blockade outside Greyhound Recycling's depot in Clondalkin as part of a dispute with their employer over pay, the court heard.

Earlier, at the protest, SIPTU said the workers were refusing to clock-in as part of a protest at management's decision to reduce their pay by up to 35pc.

The company claims the unofficial action is illegal and sought the orders after one person involved in the blockade was injured after being accidentally struck by a bin lorry.

Barrister Louis McEntaggart BL for Greyhound said it had major concerns about health and safety.

At the protest, Sinn Fein TD Aonghus O'Snodaigh, who witnessed the accident, said a truck came out of the depot before accidentally hitting a worker sitting on a path.


An ambulance rushed to the scene at the Knockmitten Lane depot in Clondalkin and the man was taken to hospital.

"I went down to the plant when I heard the workers were locked out and there were about 60 of them there," said Mr O'Snodaigh.

"A guy driving the fourth truck that came out appears to have gone into first gear rather than reverse and hit one of the guys sitting on the path. There was panic."

Mr Justice Max Barrett yesterday granted the company a temporary injunction preventing 60 Greyhound employees, their trade union SIPTU and anyone who has notice of the orders from interfering with access to the plant. The order was granted on an ex parte basis, with only the company's lawyers present in court.

It will be mentioned again before the courts tomorrow.

Earlier, the judge remarked after viewing video footage of the protest that the worker's actions seemed "perfectly peaceful."

Earlier, SIPTU official Owen Reidy said the company was planning to cut basic pay, meal allowances and premiums, which would reduce salaries by 35pc.

Irish Independent

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