Press Release

SIPTU members employed by GoSafe to conduct 24-hour stoppage on 28th September

Date Released: 20 September 2019

SIPTU members employed by GoSafe Ireland, the operator of speed camera vans on behalf of the State, will conduct a 24-hour work stoppage beginning on 6.00 a.m. Saturday, 28thSeptember, in a dispute related to working conditions at the company.

SIPTU Organiser, Brendan Carr, said: “Our members have been left with no option other than to conduct this work stoppage. They are aware of the implications this will have on the vital role they play in road safety. Our members are only taking this action as a last resort because of the intransigence of management who have refused to address their concerns relating to health and safety and their conditions of employment.

“Our members can be confined to their van for up to 11 hours while conducting their duties. This results in workers being placed under extreme circumstances while at the same time trying to conduct their crucial road safety service.

“These workers have attempted to address these problems through the State industrial relations mechanisms. However, the company has refused to engage with the workers through their union despite the service they provide being fully funded by the State. The Labour Court has issued a recommendation saying that the employer should recognise SIPTU as the representative of its employees who are union members but this has been completely ignored by management. 

“This dispute highlights the unacceptable practice of Government  departments issuing contracts for state services to companies who refuse to respect the industrial relations bodies of the State. This is a completely unacceptable situation when such companies are in receipt of large amounts of public funds.”

He added: “SIPTU wrote to the Minister for Justice and Equality, Charlie Flanagan, in relation to our members’ concerns. Union representatives asked to meet with the Minister to discuss this dispute and seek his assistance in resolving it prior to any industrial action.

“Unfortunately, the Minister declined to intervene, despite the possible serious implications for road safety which is one of his key responsibilities.”


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