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Cleaners at Garda Training College call off action

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Cleaners at Garda Training College call off action

IMPACT trade union has agreed terms for the suspension of an industrial action by cleaners at Templemore Garda College. The action commenced in early October and has been suspended with immediate effect from this Thursday, November 3, according to a statement from the union.

The dispute centred on the need for the college to hire enough staff to deal with increased student numbers as Templemore College becomes fully operational. Work to rule action by the cleaning staff, who are represented by IMPACT’s FGE branch, led to the closure of guest accommodation at the college.

IMPACT national secretary Andy Pike said the union had now agreed terms for review that will include a review of pay and grading, as well as looking at how many additional staff are needed.

“We have also secured commitments on eight new permanent posts, with five additional staff on a relief panel from next week, and the immediate recruitment of two new service attendants to ease workload pressures. We have also secured agreement on establishing a new cleaning supervisor post,” he said.

Mr Pike said that the engagement of an industry expert, to ascertain the current and future staffing needs of the college, has also been agreed. He said the recommendations of the review will form the basis of all future bilateral negotiations.

The review will:

Identify the structure of the enhanced staffing compliment needed to service both existing and new facilities
Consider all aspects of service delivery in the college
Examine the industry norms in both the private and public sector
Allow both IMPACT and college management to meet with an independent industry expert.

Mr Pike said that the cleaning staff had secured a significant win in a difficult dispute. “Our members undertook this action to highlight that their work is a crucial part of the smooth operation of a busy training college, and that their capacity needed to be expanded as the college’s operational capacity grew,” he said. “The review will examine rates of pay and appropriate grading for staff and is to be conducted by mid-December, so the immediate focus will be on identifying and agreeing the industry expert to conduct the review.”