Press Release

Greyhound workers reject proposals to end lockout by significant majority

Date Released: 08 September 2014

SIPTU members at Greyhound Recovery and Recycling have rejected proposals in the long running dispute at the company which emerged from the Labour Relations Commission (LRC) last week.

By a significant majority the workers who have been locked out of the company depots in west Dublin since mid-June rejected an offer which included substantial pay cuts and redundancy terms.

SIPTU Divisional Organiser, Owen Reidy, said that the proposals were rejected by a 3 to 1 ratio after a general meeting of workers discussed the details of proposed redundancy terms and pay cuts.

“SIPTU members rejected the offer which included new conditions of employment and a 31% pay cut for those who wished to return to work. The offer also included statutory redundancy plus 1.5 weeks per year of service. For those who returned to work a compensation of 30% of the redundancy package was on offer. One of the reasons for the rejection was the distrust of the employer who has reneged on previous agreements. There was no guarantee that even this inadequate offer would be honoured if it was accepted by the workers,” Owen Reidy said.


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