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CastleCourt cleaners are considering strike action

By Joanne Sweeney

Cleaners at CastleCourt shopping centre are considering strike action over claims that they have to pay for taxis home after a late-night shift.

The trade union Unite said it would picket the busy city centre shopping centre should its 25 members vote to take action.

The cleaners work for Antrim-based Robinson Services.

Unite claims that they are already on a minimum wages and cannot afford to pay for their travel home.

Unite also said that management's new proposals have forced eight "unnecessary redundancies" as a result.

It is understood that six workers were asked to work a new 7pm-3am shift.

Unite's Davy Edmont said: "The dispute centres on four night shift workers who have already been dismissed for refusing to work the new night shift.

"It is likely another four more workers will be made redundant after they work their notice.

"The workers concerned refused to transfer onto a 7pm-3am shift as this would have left them dependent on calling taxis to get home due to the absence of public transport at that hour.

"As a result of management intransigence, we are balloting all 25 members who work as cleaners in CastleCourt - the overwhelming majority of the workforce."

CastleCourt said that it was not appropriate to comment as the dispute was still in negotiation.

Robinson Services did not wish to comment.

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