Council strike threat suspended

Both sides to meet next week to resolve dispute

The proposed industrial action by Roscommon County Council workers has been suspended pending a meeting between the two sides next week.

  Roscommon County Council management and SIPTU, which represents the staff involved, will hold a meeting next Wednesday (16th) in a bid to find a resolution.

  123 county council outdoor staff voted recently to take industrial action following the use of GPS tracking system data by the council in taking disciplinary action against four workers.

  The four workers had been placed on administrative leave but SIPTU was adamant that the tracking system should not have been used to discipline staff.

  SIPTU spokesman, Anthony McCormack, speaking yesterday, said: “Roscommon County Council has invited us to meet with them so we will be attending that meeting to see how that goes. (This means) that the industrial action will be put on hold while there’s any hope of talks or negotiations taking place. We would be hopeful that the meeting will further things.”