Saturday 21 September 2019

Wexford town creche to be picketed in row over union recognition

Junglebox: pickets next week.
Junglebox: pickets next week.

David Tucker

pickets will be out at the creche and head office of the Ferns Diocesan Youth Service (FDYS) in Francis Street on the morning of Wednesday, June 17, to press demands for their employer to recognise SIPTU as the workers' union representative.

The Junglebox community childcare centre will be picketed between 8.30 a.m. and 9.30 a.m. and the adjacent head office between 9.30 a.m. and 10.30 a.m.

Gerry Flanagan, branch organiser for SIPTU, said both creche- and youth workers would be involved in the action, which, he said, was voted for by a large majority of their number.

'The problem is that there has been a long period of time during which staff have tried to get their employers to recognise SIPTU to represent their interests on a number of issues, the latest of these a unilateral change in sick-leave entitlement. The FDYS has refused to engage with the LRC in relation to it and have refused to respond to petitions sent in by our members,' said Mr. Flanagan.

He said workers at the FDYS had held two ballots, one for indiustrial action and another in relation to full strike action.

The first of these will be a picket on June 17, followed by similar picket a week later.

Mr. Flanagan said the timing the creche picket had been chosen minimised any adverse affect on the users of the facility. The industrial action is at the moment confined to Wexford town. The FDYS was asked for a comment, but at the time of going to press, had not provided one.

Wexford People

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