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Union calls for investigation into Irish waste industry

The Services Industrial Professional and Technical Union (SIPTU) in Ireland has demanded a review of working conditions in the waste industry.

In a letter to Richard Burton, Ireland’s Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation, union president Jack O’Connor called the situation in the waste management and domestic refuse collection and processing sector “deplorable”.

He wrote: “In general, terms and conditions of employment are abysmal and in some instances it is questionable as to whether even the national minimum wage is being adhered to at all.

“If the confidential enquiries we are receiving are in any way accurate, the treatment of workers in this sector is appalling to a degree that should not be tolerated in any developed economy or society.”

O’Connor demanded the “urgent establishment of a Government task force” to examine employment practices such as pay and industrial relations within the sector.

His comments come in the midst of a dispute between SIPTU and Greyhound Household in Dublin, where 70 members have been locked out of depots since mid-June in an argument over proposed pay cuts.

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