Cork County Council SIPTU members confirm industrial action

Drivers say they will not transport private contractors

Cork County Council SIPTU members confirm industrial action

Cork County Council building | Image: Facebook/Cork County Council

SIPTU members in Cork County Council have served notice of industrial action in a dispute resulting from what they say is the refusal of management to recruit more staff.

It will begin at 8.00am.on Wednesday, May 17th.

The action will see SIPTU members in the Roads and Drivers Sections not engaging with, co-operating with or transporting private contractors, excluding digger-drivers.

They will also engage in work-stoppages of three and four hours duration.

SIPTU organiser, Con Casey, says senior management were notified in writing on Tuesday.

He says: "This action results from a management refusal to engage with the workforce planning process and recruit more staff to adequately delivery statutory services.

"Our members will also be insisting that established manning levels are strictly applied and adhered-to, and that the strict demarcation of roles including for 'acting' and supervisory positions is recognised."

He adds: "Our members have no option but to commence this industrial action due to key sections of the council, which deal with road maintenance and other essential services, being seriously undermanned.

"This is due to management failing to replace workers as they retire.

"The running down of the ability of the council to adequately provide services would unfortunately seem to be part of an agenda to increase the outsourcing of work to private ‘for profit’ companies."

He says SIPTU representatives remain available for discussions and engagement to seek a resolution.