Press Release

SIPTU members employed as speed camera van operators to begin 24-hour work stoppage tomorrow

Date Released: 27 September 2019

SIPTU members employed by, the operator of speed camera vans on behalf of the State, will begin a 24-hour work stoppage at 6.00 a.m. tomorrow (Saturday, 28th September) 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 and have called on motorists to respect speed limits during their action.
 
“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. 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.”
 
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 has declined to intervene.”


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