Speaking today on the stoppage by workers at South Dublin County Council Sinn Féin spokesperson on Workers Rights, David Cullinane said:
“I was disturbed to hear that workers from the Parks and Environment Section of South Dublin County Council downed tools today over non-payment of wages.
“The dispute has its origins in an earlier dispute between Section Foremen and the Council to do with changes to work practices. The Foremen refused to implement the new practices with the result that the workers from Parks and Environment were unable to carry out their duties.
“In spite of the fact the workers reported for work and spent a day and a half waiting for instructions, the Council docked them for this time.
“It is two weeks before Christmas and for low paid workers to be out of pocket is not acceptable.
“I would urge management at South Dublin County Council to sit down with the workers and SIPTU and to find a resolution to the dispute.
“This can be done after Christmas. Right now the most important thing is that the Council pays the workers the wages they are due.
“It is not acceptable for the Council to withhold pay from workers who were inadvertently drawn into a dispute not of their making.
“The Council should practice some goodwill - pay the workers their back-money and engage with SIPTU at the first available opportunity.”