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SIPTU serves strike notice on Greyhound, days after unofficial strike

Collection crews undertook the unofficial industrial action on Tuesday.

Greyhound staff outside the plant in Clondalkin earlier this week.
Greyhound staff outside the plant in Clondalkin earlier this week.
Image: Sasko Lazarov/Photocall Ireland

DAYS AFTER AN unofficial strike broke out at the Greyhound Household plant in Clondalkin, west Dublin, SIPTU has served seven days strike notice on the company.

It said today that the workers “have been prevented from attending work under their current terms and conditions of employment since 6am on Tuesday, 17 June”.

Unofficial strike

On Tuesday 17 June, Greyhound Household said that it regretted the unofficial industrial action taken that morning by its household collection crews. It said that it was taking measures so that customers were not affected.

It said that when staff came to work on Tuesday, they were asked  to clock in “under the conditions recommended by the Labour Court”. However, they did not clock in and “refused to work under the new conditions” so they were asked to leave, said a spokesperson.

On the same day, a man was taken to hospital by ambulance after an incident at the Greyhound Knockmitten Lane depot in Clondalkin. The company said it at the time it was investigating whether the man was knocked down.

Official strike

SIPTU Organiser, Henry O’Shea, said today that strike notice has been served and will come into effect at 6am on Friday 27 June.

Our members have been forced into this action because of the company’s unilateral imposition of terms and conditions of employment that have not been agreed and contain up to 35% pay cuts. They also contain changes to sick pay, bonuses, meal allowances and other conditions of employment.

SIPTU has 70 members in the company which has a contract to collect household waste for Dublin City Council.

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