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Greyhound "trying to frighten workers" by starting and then dropping court action - TD

Joan Collins says the men were prepared for jail.

Image: Laura Hutton/Photocall Ireland

Updated 10.06 pm 

GREYHOUND IS ATTEMPTING to “frighten” its workers after they issued court proceedings and then withdrew them later according to Joan Collins TD.

Greyhound secured court orders last month to stop local councillors and TDs from blocking trucks at the Greyhound Recycling plant in Clondalkin.

Today, Councillor Gino Kenny and nine Greyhound workers received legal letters from the company saying that they were being pursued for breaking the injunction and for costs the company has incurred due to disruption.

The company were also seeking a commitment that they would end their protest. The men said that they would not be ending their protest and were prepared to be jailed.

A court appearance was scheduled for tomorrow but Collins has said that the men have been informed that the proceedings have now been dropped.

“We don’t really know what this was about but they could just have been trying to frighten the workers, but when they heard the men were prepared to go to jailed they realised it was pointless,” Collins said.

Cllr. Kelly said this evening that he will be going into court because he is “kind of in the dark myself” about the situation.

He said that he was informed that the proceedings were adjourned but when he contacted solicitors for Greyhound he was told that they will be in court tomorrow. He told TheJournal.ie this evening that this may be just be a procedural hearing.

“As far as I know they are talking in the LRC tomorrow and that was conditional on the proceedings being dropped,” he said.

Kelly was one of the councillors on whom an injunction was placed last month and he denies he breached the order.

A protest planned for the High Court tomorrow as the workers were in court tomorrow has been cancelled.

Both sides engaged in talks at the Labour Relations Commission yesterday but they were adjourned last night and the company said that “no date has been set for a resumption”.

Collins said however that Siptu has been informed that the company wants to re-enter talks tomorrow.

For the past 12 weeks the employees haven’t been working at the waste management company, as they maintain they were locked out of the jobs after they refused to accept pay cuts of 35% and changes to their terms of employment.

Attempts made to speak to a Greyhound spokesperson for this article were unsuccessful.

Read: Greyhound workers march in Dublin as LRC invite them to talks >

Read: Dublin City councillor arrested at Greyhound protest >

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