The battle of the bins

Greyhound is locked in a bitter stalemate with 80 formerly unionised bin collectors over steadily decreasing pay rates, with neither side prepared to back down for the moment.

20th July, 2014
The bitter Greyhound waste dispute has highlighted a clash of cultures between formerly unionised workers and their free market employers. Picture: Photocall

The month-long, increasingly bitter Greyhound waste dispute has highlighted the clash of cultures between the habits of a lifetime of formerly unionised Dublin City Council waste collectors and the free-for-all, dog-eat-dog waste collection business in which Greyhound finds itself.

The collectors’ former wages are now described as “uncompetitive, legacy rates”. The legal minimum wage of €337 a week is presented in relation to “waste sector average rates”. A “living wage” in Dublin is about €446...

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