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Thursday 22 February 2018

Sit-in ends as waste firm rival agrees deal

Workers at Healy’s Blue Bin in Cork had mounted a sit-in protest on Wednesday
Workers at Healy’s Blue Bin in Cork had mounted a sit-in protest on Wednesday
Ralph Riegel

Ralph Riegel

HOPES are rising that the bulk of jobs at a waste management firm can be saved after a rival company agreed to take over its routes and strategic assets.

Workers at Healy's Blue Bin in Cork had mounted a sit-in protest on Wednesday when they were informed the company was ceasing operations with the loss of 25 jobs.

Workers claimed they were owed almost €200,000 in redundancy and holiday pay. Now, Country Clean has agreed in principle to take over the Healy's Blue Bins routes and some strategic assets.

Healy's Blue Bin customers were last night urged to leave their bins out for collection as Country Clean works to integrate the new networks with its existing services.

A spokesman for Healy's Blue Bin was unavailable for comment. However, a company official briefed workers on the proposed agreement with Country Clean. Workers ended their 72-hour sit-in protest yesterday following the jobs rescue.

Irish Independent

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