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Greyhound accepts LRC invite, says ball is now in workers' court

The invitation comes after the two sides met last week but workers have not yet committed to entering formal talks.

Image: Laura Hutton/Photocall Ireland

WASTE DISPOSAL COMPANY Greyhound has said it has accepted an invitation from the Labour Relations Commission to commit to a process of engagement with workers who are currently on strike.

The employees, who are represented by SIPTU, have been striking since June over proposed pay cuts of up to 35% and changes to terms and conditions.

There has been a tense back-and-forth between the two sides since then and last Wednesday, they met with the LRC to give an update on the continued industrial action.

Protests continued after this meeting but this morning Greyhound said it has accepted an invitation from the LRC for a structured process of engagement and called in SIPTU to do the same.

SIPTU organiser Stephen Lewis told that union representatives will have a meeting with the workers at 1pm today to discuss proposals from the LRC.

In its statement this morning, Greyhound also drew attention to the LRC’s letter of engagement which requested that “any industrial action taking place while engagement at the commission proceeds would be conducted in a peaceful manner free of any activity outside of normal industrial relations parameters”​.

Pickets and protest by workers and their supporters have been ramped up in recent weeks and the company has accused them of using force and intimidation against employees who have chosen to pass the picket and continue work.

Just last week, a Dublin City councillor was arrested and cautioned after taking part in a demonstration to stop a truck collecting waste. However workers and supporters have always maintained that they are protesting peacefully.

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