Fingal County Councillors unanimously pass motion in support of Swords school cleaners

Swords area Fingal County Councillors, today (Thursday, 14th September), voted unanimously in favour of a motion calling for negotiations to find a solution to a dispute resulting from local school cleaners losing their employment at St. Cronan’s Senior National School, Swords, County Dublin.

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School cleaner, Ann Daly, who has worked at St. Cronan’s Senior National School for over 20 years, said: “The motion calls for negotiations between all parties to the dispute.

In particular, the councillors have called on the management of the school to meet our SIPTU representatives to discuss the issues that have led to myself and my colleagues protesting outside the school for the last two weeks.

“We are very pleased that this motion was supported by all the councillors on the Swords area committee. It can only be hoped that the board of management of the school will heed this call by local elected representatives to work for a just solution to this dispute.”

SIPTU Organiser, Paul Hansard, said: “These SIPTU members are protesting outside the school every day because after many years of loyal service their jobs have been given to a cleaning company which has refused to take them on.

“The cleaners were employed directly by the school for many years prior to a management decision last November to outsource the cleaning function to a contracted company. The cleaning contractor, AFM Ireland Ltd, engaged by the management of the school to provide cleaning services in the new school year has refused to employ our members.”

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