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Greyhound workers to march over strike

The meeting will take place on Monday.

SIPTU protestors outside Greyhound's headquarters
SIPTU protestors outside Greyhound's headquarters
Image: Sasko Lazarov/Photocall Ireland

SIPTU MEMBERS WORKING at Greyhound Household are to hold a march over their dispute with the company.

The march to Dublin’s City Hall in support of the workers on strike will take place on Monday 7 July to coincide with the monthly meeting of Dublin City Council.

SIPTU said that the High Court lifted three interim injunction orders today that were granted to Greyhound Household Ltd on 17 June.

The union said that the decision “means that management cannot interfere with official union pickets or prevent workers from describing its actions as a lockout”.

One injunction had prevented workers from interfering with access and egress from the plant.

SIPTU Organiser, Henry O’Shea, said that 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 imposed wage cuts from mid-June.

O’Shea said:

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 condemned the use of outside labour by Greyhound Household during the strike but said that 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.

Dublin city councillors are due to discuss the dispute at Monday’s council meeting.

O’Shea said that the SIPTU Greyhound workers will try to communicate to the interim workers that “they are going in crossing the picket line”.

Greyhound said in a statement:

Greyhound welcomes the court undertaking by the collection crews not to interfere with entry and exit from our depots and are happy the High Court injunction is no longer necessary.​ We would again like to reassure our customers that normal service is being maintained.

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