Press Release

SIPTU to highlight refusal of GoSafe to talk with union at Dáil protest on Thursday

Date Released: 04 November 2019

The continuing refusal of GoSafe Ireland, the operator of speed camera vans on behalf of the State, to adhere to a Labour Court recommendation to discuss its employees’ concerns with their union will be highlighted at a protest outside Leinster House, Dublin 2, on Thursday (7th November) at 1.00 p.m.

The demonstration will coincide with a further on-day work stoppage by GoSafe workers on 7th November.

SIPTU Organiser, Brendan Carr, said: “Under the agreements made between SIPTU and other public service unions with the Government, state bodies should not use the services of companies which refuse to engage with the State’s industrial relations machinery.
 
“GoSafe has refused to attend the Workplace Relation Commission (WRC) in relation to its dispute with SIPTU members over conditions of employment and health and safety issues. It has also refused to implement a Labour Court recommendation that management discuss solutions to these issues with the workers’ union.”

He added: “The protest at Leinster House on Thursday, 7th November, is supported by the Irish Congress of Trade Unions which believes this dispute has wider implications for the public service agreements and has lobbied both the Department and the Garda on behalf of the GoSafe workers.

“SIPTU has repeatedly requested a meeting with the Minister for Justice and Equality, Charlie Flanagan, in relation to our members’ concerns. Union representatives wish to meet with the Minister to discuss the dispute and seek his assistance in resolving it. Unfortunately, the Minister has to date declined to intervene, despite the serious implications for road safety which is one of his key responsibilities.”


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