The Labour Court must hear dis­pute says Smith

Fingal Independent - - NEWS - John MAN­NING

A local Labour coun­cil­lor who has made rep­re­sen­ta­tions to the school on be­half of the outof-work clean­ers protest­ing St Cro­nan’s Se­nior Na­tional School, last week, has called for the dis­pute to be re­ferred ur­gently to the Labour Court. Cllr Dun­can Smith (Lab) said: ‘I had con­tacted the school and Board of Man­age­ment three times in the past week on be­half of the work­ers rep­re­sen­ta­tives, seek­ing the school to re-hire the work­ers di­rectly.’

Cllr Smith called for a quick res­o­lu­tion to the dis­pute, say­ing: ‘The mat­ter needs to be ur­gently re­ferred to the Labour Court for res­o­lu­tion.’

Asked what the re­sponse was to his rep­re­sen­ta­tions on be­half of the former cleaning staff at the school, Cllr Smith said he was seek­ing the school to rehire the clean­ers di­rectly but ‘the school stated that it made a de­ci­sion to out­source the cleaning func­tion in late 2016 and they are not in a po­si­tion to take the clean­ers back into di­rect em­ploy­ment’.

The Labour coun­cil­lor con­cluded: ‘I hope the mat­ter is brought to a sat­is­fac­tory res­o­lu­tion very soon.’

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