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Chaos in industrial relations as another Acting Minister stands by – Tóibín

7 April, 2016

Meath West TD Peadar Tóibín has demanded that the acting Minister for Communications, Energy and Natural Resources Alex White influence a fair resolution of the ongoing 999 Emergency Workers Industrial dispute.

Deputy Tóibín said:

“CWU members in the 999 service have been campaigning for dignity and respect in the workplace for the past 18 months. They are calling on their employer, Conduit Global, to address the following issues: A Living Wage of €11.50 per hour, an immediate end to unnecessary and punitive suspensions, and the negotiation of a fair Corrective Action Policy, a fair on-call policy, and collective bargaining.

“By all accounts, they have been treated terribly with staff members having to request permission to use the toilet and allegations of unsafe working conditions leading to hospitalisation and elongated suspensions without due process.  

“Shockingly, Conduit Global who are profiting from a valuable state contract are completely ignoring the state industrial resolution mechanisms the Workplace Relations Commission. The WRC itself has invited Conduit Global to talks to resolve the considerable problems that have plagued workers and Conduit Global have refused to accept the invitation.

“Meanwhile, the government’s so called Collective Bargaining Legislation seems to exert zero pressure on Conduit Global to engage with the CWU, the representative union. As in the Luas drivers dispute, an Acting Minister is abdicating their responsibility in the area of industrial relations in state contracts. Labour’s Alex White is the acting Minister with responsibility. He needs to act now and provide a floor of decency to workers.” 

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