Court move pleases Greyhound workers

by Ian Begley

WORKERS on strike at Greyhound’s two plants in Clondalkin have welcomed the recent High Court decision which lifted the three interim injunction orders granted to Greyhound Household on June 17.
This decision means management cannot interfere with official union pickets or prevent workers from describing its actions as a lockout.
The High Court ruling also means the strikers cannot interfere with the entry and exit of other staff workers and trucks from Greyhound Household’s depots.
SIPTU organiser Henry O’Shea said: “The pickets at two Greyhound plants in west Dublin will continue until the management sits down to discuss and find an agreed resolution. This dispute arose because management unilaterally imposed wage cuts of up to 35% from mid-June.
“As a result of this High Court decision we can now generate more public awareness of the cause of the dispute and the effects it could possibly have on the collection of domestic waste in the Dublin City Council area,” he said.
O’Shea also condemned the use of “scab labour” by Greyhound Household which he described as an attempt to break the resolve of the affected workers.
“Peaceful official pickets will continue to be placed on Greyhound Household plants in Knockmitten, west Dublin and the company headquarters in Crag Avenue in Clondalkin,” he said.
A march to City Hall is being held in support of the workers on Monday, July 7 to coincide with the monthly meeting of Dublin City Council.
Last week, SIPTU members met cross-party and independent councillors in City Hall after which councillors pledged their full support for the locked out workers. Councillors have also put the dispute at the top of their agenda for Monday’s meeting.
A spokesperson for Greyhound Household said the company accepted the High Court’s decision: “Greyhound welcomes the undertaking given in the High Court by striking collection staff that they will not interfere with the entry and exit of other staff and trucks to our depots.”
The High Court’s decision comes shortly after Greyhound Household had expressed disappointment at SIPTU’s attempt to change an “unofficial work stoppage” into an official strike at the company’s recycling depots in Clondalkin.
At the time, Greyhound said: “This development is a reflection of the ‘intransigence’ shown by the Greyhound workers serving the central Dublin area over an industrial relations process that began in February.”
Clondalkin People Before Profit Cllr Gino Kenny, who sympathises with the Greyhound workers, said: “The despicable behaviour of Greyhound waste management towards their workforce is totally unacceptable.
“Since the privatisation of waste management in this city there has been fierce and brutal competition between the greedy companies who have made lucrative profits from waste collection,” he said.

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