Bin men vote to end strike

Fe­bru­ary 1983

Bray People - - NEWS -

The strike which has left Bray with­out a refuse col­lec­tion for the past three weeks has ended. Work­ers voted in favour of a re­turn to work af­ter con­sid­er­ing a Labour Court rec­om­men­da­tion. The col­lec­tion ser­vice will re­sume this week. The rec­om­men­da­tion cen­tred around two out­stand­ing is­sues, eat­ing on site and trav­el­ling al­lowance, and the Labour Court rec­om­mended that these be granted.

A spokesman for the unions in­volved, the ITGWU and the AGEMOU, re­fused to say if the de­ci­sion to end the strike was car­ried by a large ma­jor­ity.

The strike had re­ceived the full sup­port of the ITGWU Bray Branch this week and mem­bers, at a full com­mit­tee meet­ing, took a se­ri­ous view of the busi­ness el­e­ment in the town who broke the strike and cer­tain ten­ants or­gan­i­sa­tions who, they felt, had played right into the hands of the De­part­ment of the En­vi­ron­ment, who were ea­ger to in­tro­duce pay­ment for the col­lec­tion of bins.

A union state­ment said: ‘ These peo­ple have now set a prece­dent by pay­ing strike break­ers for do­ing work nor­mally car­ried out by the Bray Ur­ban Dis­trict Coun­cil. We have sup­ported the strike com­mit­tee in our ac­tions to date.’

They ex­plained that the rea­sons for the strike, were not, as had been as­sumed, refuse is­sues, but con­cerned five ma­jor points. Namely - com­pa­ra­bil­ity with Dublin County Coun­cil, trav­el­ling and eat­ing on site al­lowance, £7.50 ra­tio­nal­i­sa­tion which all the lo­cal author­ity work­ers car­ried.

For the past few years, the branch has been aware of this sit­u­a­tion and the mem­bers say that strike ac­tion was taken as a last re­sort. ‘Ac­tion of this na­ture is not taken lightly on any oc­ca­sion,’ he said.

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