Staff at Listowel company operating speed camera vans vote for industrial action

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Staff at the Listowel-headquartered, GoSafe Ireland, which operates speed camera vans on behalf of the State, have voted for industrial action.

SIPTU this afternoon revealed the results of a ballot of its members in GoSafe Ireland; they’ve voted overwhelmingly in favour of industrial action, including strike action.

SIPTU Organiser, Brendan Carr, says their members in the GoSafe Ireland, which has its headquarters in Listowel and operates the GoSafe speed camera vans on behalf of the State, were left with no option other than to vote for industrial action.

He says this is due to the continued refusal of the company to implement a Labour Court recommendation, which confirms its SIPTU representatives have the sole right to negotiate on behalf of members with management.

He says GoSafe employees who are SIPTU members have serious concerns relating to working conditions, and are frustrated in their attempts to negotiate with their employer, who they say has refused to attend the conciliation services of the State.

SIPTU Organiser, Brendan Carr says the dispute highlights what he calls the unacceptable practice of Government Departments issuing contracts for State services to companies who refuse to engage with the industrial relations bodies of the State.

SIPTU wrote to the Minister for Justice and Equality, Charlie Flanagan, asking him to meet union representatives to discuss this dispute and seek his assistance in resolving it before escalating to industrial action, but he declined to intervene.