Tuesday 17 September 2019

Speed camera operators may strike in row over pay with GoSafe company

Threat: Speed camera van operators may take industrial action
Threat: Speed camera van operators may take industrial action

Anne-Marie Walsh

Speed camera operators may go on strike after voting for industrial action in a row over pay and conditions.

The Siptu members work for GoSafe, the company that runs the speed camera service for the State.

Siptu organiser Brendan Carr said they were due to meet on Monday to discuss their next move.

He said the union represented more than half of a workforce of roughly 70 staff.

"There's a very strong chance they'll serve notice of industrial action this month, if there's no resolution," said Mr Carr.

He claimed the company refused to attend the Workplace Relations Commission.

It did attend the Labour Court, he said, but ignored its recommendation to recognise the union and to hold talks with it.

The union sought a pay rise and also claimed members did not have adequate breaks or toilet facilities.

Contracts

He said that the dispute highlighted an unacceptable practice of Government departments issuing contracts to companies who refused to engage with the State industrial relations bodies.

A GoSafe spokesperson was not available for comment.

Irish Independent

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