LIMERICK city stood on the brink of chaos this Friday, as over 400 Corporation workers went on official strike. And it could be a long one, according to union bosses.
The strikers have set up a committee to look after emergencies, and the Army at Sarsfield Barracks are on standby. Union bosses said this Friday that the public would not feel the affect of the dispute for a few days. Cleansing, rubbish, collection, sewerage, water, housing maintenance and cemetery works are all stopped because of the strike. Ten unions are involved in the dispute over city manager, Mr Tom Rice’s plan to bring in a three-day working week in the outdoor staff.
The unions are furious, especially as the white collar workers – administration staff – have not been asked to go on short time. But the administrative staff look set to become involved as the unions are applying to the Congress for an all-out picket, bringing out a few hundred white collar workers.
“We don’t see any problem in getting that,” a spokesperson for the strikers stated. “We are trying to act responsibly. The citizens are not to blame for this. We have set up a committee to look after these emergencies.”