Dump workers suspend action
FIVE workers at Ballymurtagh dump in Avoca have suspended the industrial action they embarked on less than a week ago to allow talks on their dispute with Wicklow County Council at the end of the year when the now full Ballymurtagh dump closes down for good.
The men are seeking the same payment deal from the council as was negotiated with the bin men to compensate for the loss of overtime in their redeployment.
Thomas Murphy, Senior Executive Officer of Corporate Affairs at the County Council, said that there was no commitment given that the dump workers would get the same deal as brokered with the bin men.
Talks between the workers and the council started under the Labour Relations Commission on Tuesday last week, but the next day the dump workers voted to operate a work to rule in furtherance of their claim.
However, on Tuesday this week, the workers returned to normal working hours in an effort to try to resolve the differences between staff and council management.