Speed camera operators go on strike, ask motorists not to speed for the day

GoSafe Ireland workers are striking across the country today for union recognition and better working conditions. Image: Twitter / @SIPTU.

SIPTU members employed by GoSafe Ireland, the company which operates speed camera vans on behalf of the State, have started a 24-hour strike action in a dispute related to working conditions.S

Ahead of the strike, SIPTU Organiser Brendan Carr said “Our members have been left with no option other than to conduct this work stoppage. They are aware of the implications this will have on the vital role they play in road safety and have called on motorists to respect speed limits during the action.

“Out members are only taking this action as a last resort because of the intransigence of management who have refused to address their concerns relating to health and safety and their conditions of employment. These workers have attempted to address these problems through the State industrial relations mechanisms. However, the company has refused to engage with the workers through their union dispute the service they provide being fully funded by the State.

“The Labour Court has issued a recommendation saying that the employer should recognise SIPTU as the representative of its employees who are union members but this has been completely ignored by management.

“SIPTU wrote to the Minister for Justice and Equality, Charlie Flanagan, in relation to our members’ concerns. Union representatives asked to meet with the Minister to discuss this dispute and seek his assistance in resolving it prior to any industrial action. Unfortunately, the Minister has declined to intervene.”