Cabinteely: School cleaners win outsourcing dispute

by Gary Ibbotson

Cleaners at Cabinteely Community School in south Dublin have won their battle to stop the outsourcing of their jobs to a private company.

The cleaners, who are members of SIPTU, undertook industrial action in attempt to halt the farming out of their positions.

The Board of Management of the school has confirmed that it has reversed the decision to put the cleaning contract out to tender.

Discussions will take place between SIPTU representatives and school management in August.

SIPTU Organiser, Geoff McEvoy, said: “This is a great win for our members. Since 10 June, the cleaners at Cabinteely Community School have been engaged in a series of work stoppages to fight the proposed outsourcing of their work to a private contract cleaning company.

“We did not seek this dispute and our members made the decision to engage in limited action to avoid any impact on students taking State exams.

“We welcome communication from the school that this decision has been reversed and we look forward to engaging in constructive discussions in August. Further scheduled work stoppages arising from this dispute will not take place,” he said.

“This is very welcome news and the cleaners and SIPTU are to be commended for their positive and constructive action,” says Green Party councillor Una Power.

“These employees do tremendous work in our schools and deserve to be treated fairly and given security in their roles.”

“I very much welcome the news that the Board of Management of Cabinteely Community College have reversed their previous decision to outsource cleaning duties to a private company,” added Labour councillor Denis O’Callaghan.

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