Strike by Greyhound bin workers 'breaches Labour Court recommendation': Company

One of Dublin's largest bin companies has said workers who have today downed tools are doing so in breach of a Labour Court recommendation.

Greyhound Household said this morning's strike by 70 staff who collect rubbish across the city breaches a Labour Court recommendation.

Talks started between management and workers in February. The Labour Court recommendation came this month and was implemented on Tuesday, June 16.

The bargaining agreement states workers involved in unofficial work stoppages should work under protest and give two weeks notice of official strike action.

Workers are downing tools in a row over claims their wages will be cut by €270 a week, or 35%.

The owner of Greyhound Household Michael Buckley called on the crews to come back to work under the terms of the Labour Court recommendation. He said services are being maintained despite the stoppage, using agency crews.

The company earlier denied the row was "like an episode of The Sopranos", after TD Clare Daly told the Dáil that workers planning to strike at Greyhound Household were not fully trained.

Greyhound said its crews were competent, fully licenced and qualified, and on a wage 10% above the industry standard even after the Labour Court recommendations are implemented.

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