Thursday, 3 September 2009

Progress in talks to end Dublin port strikes

Striking workers at Ireland’s busiest container terminal have agreed to a second round of talks with their employers.
The Marine Terminals workers held talks with their employers on Monday and agreed to further talks today (3 September) at the earliest, and by Monday (7 September) at the latest.
Christy McQuillan, a representative from the Irish union SIPTU, said: “A very small amount of progress was made on Monday (31 August) in talks at the Labour Relations Commission with Marine Terminals.
“The progress was limited, but sufficient to warrant resumption of talks, possibly as early as Thursday and no later than Monday.
“Meanwhile, both parties need to reflect on the discussions at the LRC and respond in detail to the particular issues that emerged.”
MTL’s workers have been on strike since 3 July because of disagreements over redundancies and new pay and working conditions.
Previous talks were held with the Labour Relations Commission on 4 August, but failed to yield any results.

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