Greyhound workers to be balloted on LRC talks proposal

Workers at Dublin waste management firm Greyhound Recycling are voting on proposals that could see them entering formal talks with management at the Labour Relations Commission.

They marched with supporters to City Hall in Dublin last night, calling on councillors to keep their lock-out at the top of their agenda.

About 80 Greyhound workers have been engaged in a dispute with management since June over a proposed 30% pay cut at the firm.

Workers and their union SIPTU claim that they have been effectively 'locked out' since the advent of the dispute, with new employees having been hired at the lower rate of pay.

However management insists that the pay cuts would see salaries for the workers - who were previously employed by Dublin City Council - being brought closer into line with industry norms.

Greyhound bosses say they are willing to discuss the pay row at the LRC, while SIPTU's Stephen Lewis says workers are being balloted on the matter.

"The decision that the men make over the next day or so will be vital in relation to where we actually go from here," Mr O'Leary said.

"But I'm not in a position to say what that decision will be, because ultimately the men will decide."

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