SIPTU representatives have condemned the management of Applus National Car Testing (NCT) service for its failure to fully adhere to a Labour Court recommendation and called on action from the Road Safety Authority (RSA) to ensure its implementation. SIPTU Organiser, Robert Purfield, said: “Our members in Applus NCT voted to accept proposals contained in a Labour Court recommendation which included a 2% pay rise backdated to 1st April 2017, a further 2% pay rise on 1st April 2018 and a 2.5% pay rise on 1st April 2019. The proposals also included each member receiving a €500 voucher to cover the period from July 2016 to March 2017.“While the company has implemented the majority of these measures, it has unfortunately reneged on the full payment of the €500 voucher to a number of part-time staff. This is a failure to comply fully with the Labour Court recommendation and is unacceptable to our members.”He added: “It is not acceptable that Applus NCT, which operates a state contract, is failing to fully adhere to a recommendation issued by a statutory industrial relations body. We have written to the RSA, which oversees the NCT contract, highlighting our members’ concerns. It has said that it is unable to directly intervene in the situation.“The state contract for the NCT service is due to go out to tender shortly and will be awarded for a new period beginning at the start of 2020. It is our members’ view that companies seeking to secure this contract should be in full compliance with the state’s industrial relations mechanisms.”