Sinn Féin’s Peadar Tóibín TD today sought to secure a debate in the Dáil on the Greyhound Recycling dispute noting that management’s decision to in effect lock workers out is leading the company into an intractable industrial relations dispute.
The Jobs, Enterprise & Innovations Spokesperson said;
“It is now crystal clear that Greyhound Recycling management are engaging in an intractable dispute with workers whose backs are firmly against the wall.
“Workers in Greyhound are working an extra nine hours a week without pay and have forfeited income to support efforts by management to reduce the company’s cost base. Greyhound has repeatedly stated that its decision to slash workers’ wages by a third came from a Labour Court recommendation. This is simply not the case and it is a deeply unhelpful statement to make.
“These are not particularly well paid workers in the first instance and clearly a unilateral decision by Greyhound to cut wages overnight by 35 per cent is not a viable option. Workers have been told they cannot return to work unless they accept the pay cuts so in effect the company has locked them out of their place of employment.
“Government Ministers have set their face against dealing with the very serious matters arising from the lock-out of Greyhound workers, and the broader challenges’ facing the waste management sector following deregulation and the introduction of bin charges. Let’s not forget a sustainable waste policy is yet another unfulfilled Programme for Government commitment.
“Wages, terms and conditions for workers in the domestic waste collection sector have sharply declined in recent years. Waivers for our most vulnerable citizens are no longer guaranteed and it appears some operators have little interest in maintaining very basic levels of workers’ rights.
“Nobody is benefitting from the Greyhound dispute, bar of course the company’s owners who refuse to engage in a process that would secure a sustainable future for their business, for the workers they have a responsibility to and the consumers who rely on their services.
“Government also has a role to play in resolving the structural problems of the waste management and domestic waste collection sector. The longer Ministers refuse to take action the deeper the problem will be.”