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Minister must ensure reinstatement of cleaning staff - Doolan

1 July, 2009

Local Sinn Féin representative, Daithí Doolan speaking from a picket at the Department of the Environment in Dublin, has called on the Minister to ensure the reinstatement of cleaning staff after a new contract cleaner failed to live up to an agreement to re-employ them.

Doolan said, “Minister Gormley needs to intervene in this dispute immediately. There was a clear agreement when Schorman Contract Cleaners won the contract from Eco Facilities Management that they would retain the existing staff working in the Department buildings.  

“Today, as Schorman was due to take over the contract, workers received a letter informing them that they would not be taken on by the company.  This action by Schorman is scandalous and must be reversed.  

“The Minister must respond immediately by ensuring that Schorman are left in no doubt that the retention of the contract is dependant on retaining the existing staff.

“I would also call for all future tenders for such contracts be only given to companies that recognise trade unions.” ENDS

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