Lockout waste firm say service ‘improved’

Waste company Greyhound has claimed household collection services in Dublin have improved "significantly" since it started using agency staff in mid-June.

Approximately 70 workers, members of Siptu, were effectively locked out on June 17 after refusing to accept pay cuts of up to 35% sought by management under a Labour Court cost savings plan.

Since then, the staff and their union have been highly critical of the use of, what they describe as, “strikebreakers” to maintain services to the public.

Siptu has claimed low-paid workers are facing an attempt by management to severely cut incomes in order to increase profits.

Yesterday, members of the union and supporters gathered for a protest rally at Liberty Hall before marching to Dublin City Council.

In advance of the march, Greyhound called on Dublin City councillors to urge the striking staff to abide by a collective bargaining agreement, return to work under protest, and agree to further, and binding, Labour Court talks.

“Greyhound has maintained a consistent level of service through utilising the services of fully licensed and qualified agency crews,” a spokesman said. “The company employs these crews from time to time over an average year to cover holidays and sick leave. By their deployment, there has been a significant improvement in service levels.”


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