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Staff at Oberstown postpone industrial action to allow talks on safety

The campus had made headlines this week after a fire and violence that broke out at the facility on Monday.
Sep 2nd 2016, 5:55 PM 7,292 13

STAFF AT OBERSTOWN Children Detention Campus will not strike on Monday, they have announced.

The campus had made headlines this week after a fire and violence that broke out at the facility on Monday.

The Garda Emergency Response Unit (ERU) was called to the scene to quell the trouble, with a staff member also injured in the disturbance. A Garda investigation is also ongoing.

Six units of Dublin Fire Brigade battled a blaze on the roof of the centre.

The disturbance came about after 150 staff picketed for eight hours outside the centre in protest against what they say are health and safety concerns at the facility.

Children’s Minister Katherine Zappone tonight welcomed the postponement of Monday’s action, to allow for talks on the issue.

“Talks are due to resume between the representatives of staff unions and management which will take place under the auspices of the Workplace Relations Commission.

“The postponement of the industrial action will mean that the daily routine of the campus will continue next week with children attending at school as normal.”

Read: Minister says Oberstown is ‘fit for purpose’ after fire and violence at youth detention centre

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