Wednesday 21 March 2018

The Labour Court must hear dispute says Smith

John Manning

A local Labour councillor who has made representations to the school on behalf of the out-of-work cleaners protesting St Cronan's Senior National School, last week, has called for the dispute to be referred urgently to the Labour Court.

Cllr Duncan Smith (Lab) said: 'I had contacted the school and Board of Management three times in the past week on behalf of the workers representatives, seeking the school to re-hire the workers directly.' 

Cllr Smith called for a quick resolution to the dispute, saying: 'The matter needs to be urgently referred to the Labour Court for resolution.' Asked what the response was to his representations on behalf of the former cleaning staff at the school, Cllr Smith said he was seeking the school to re-hire the cleaners directly but 'the school stated that it made a decision to outsource the cleaning function in late 2016 and they are not in a position to take the cleaners back into direct employment'. 

The Labour councillor concluded: 'I hope the matter is brought to a satisfactory resolution very soon.'

Fingal Independent