Greyhound’s ‘Sinister Turn”



Protests earlier this week in Clondalkin (top) Michael Buckley, CEO of Greyhound

Further to the breakdown of talks between Greyhound Waste and locked out workers blockading the firm’s recycling centre in Clondalkin, Dublin.


The Greyhound dispute has taken a sinister turn today as it emerges that Michael Buckley has served a High Court motion on nine of the locked out striking workers.

Buckley is seeking an order from the High Court which includes seizing workers homes so as to compensate him for loss of earnings and threats of imprisonment. This brings the treatment of these workers to a new low as their family homes are put at risk.
We call on Greyhound to immediately reinstate the workers under their original terms and conditions and to then enter the Labour Court for honest and transparent negotiations with the striking workers and their representatives.
It would be an absolute outrage if any worker was to go to prison for simply defending their job and conditions. There will be outrage and fury across the trade union and labour movement and working class communities across the country if this happens.

Greyhound Dispute Takes A sinister Turn (Socialist Workers Party)

Previously: Greyhound on Broadsheet

(Laura Hutton/Photocall Ireland, RTE)

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33 thoughts on “Greyhound’s ‘Sinister Turn”

  1. Mr. T.

    No CEO worth his salt would allow such a bitter protected dispute to develop. It’s quite simply terrible management.

    1. Kieran NYC

      I think everyone accepts that Greyhound is a sh1tty company doing a sh1tty job.

      That the CEO is a rectum surprises no one.

      1. DeSelby

        No surprise indeed. A company with a “culture” for being the absolute lowest common denominator.

        Total C..**ough** unts

    1. Mister Mister

      You mean you take what the says with a pinch of salt ? It’s the last bastion of truth and honour.

  2. scottser

    i’d like to see the wording of that order, and whether the court would enact it. i doubt it somehow..

  3. Gers

    Cant see a problem with this. The workers (if they even qualify at that name) are the ones doing something they should not, not the other way around. Go Michael!

    1. munkifisht

      Ignoramus. I won’t even try and explain how, in so many ways, your views are so warped it’s incomprehensible.

    2. SOMK

      Have to say some pretty good lefty bating there.

      “Cant see a problem with this” Clearly written to provoke a response where people explain exactly what they’re problem is with it (even though it’s pretty obvious).

      “The workers (if they even qualify at that name)”

      Brilliant! Super provacative in that subtly dehumanises people who’s humanising characteristic is that they’re workers (for example if someone is introduces themselves as a teacher and someone responds to that saying “you are not really a teacher”, you’re essentially denying them their point of identity (which is why if you were to do this in real life the response would most likely be an incredulous “of course I’m a f***ing teacher”), it’s a spectacularly provacative thing to say in real life, as the offense caused by essentially questioning someone’s authenticity is quite high and liable to lead to violent confrontation, this tactic work best with people of low status, (which suits the right just fine, being as it is the political wing of the establishment (aristocracy, church,big business etc.)), if someone introduces themselves as a doctor for example and you were to pull the same trick they wouldn’t react as the teacher because their status is secure and instead they’d probably just look at you like you’re a massive, massive, idiot) also added bonus in that it implies laziness/immorality and of course deligitimises the whole idea of collective bargaining too.

      “are the ones doing something they should not, not the other way around”

      As above, whilst also completely reversing the argument of the piece.

      “Go Michael!”

      That last bit of spice, written in the knowledge that there exists on this site alone a litany of articles on the dodgy dealings of Greyhound, ranging from being inexplicably granted lucrative state contracts despite having a terrible track record for service, to that leaked letter sent out to employees about needing to ‘get’ city bins (and the subsequent completely coincedental arson attack that business was subjected to), but why am I even typing this, sure you know all that, the golden rule of (propper) trolling being never ask a question you don’t already know the answer to.

      Bravo and enjoy your well-earned feeding!

        1. DeSelby


          Well if you’re too lazy to read a well put point, don’t bother posting irrelevant junk in response.

          1. rotide

            At some point, you’re going to re-read this DeSelby and be very very embarassed.

            Judging by your initial comprehendion though, maybe you wont.

            On the other hand, maybe it proves that SOMKs novels are so unreadable that people don’t even remember who wrote them by the end :)

  4. Dhaughton99

    Mark my words, Greyhound will stop collecting in the least profitable areas and just blame it on the protesters.

  5. Planet of the Missing Biros

    Plenty of middle management junior capitalists with their off-the-shelf pissy MBAs will love this guy. Even though most of them are driving cars and living in houses, entirely owned by the banks. And probably from working class backgrounds themselves but pretend they’re not.

  6. Paul Davis

    Michael Buckley should become head of the public sector.

    Greyhounds customers are delighted with the service from his new staff.

  7. The florist

    Sad to say the vast majority of the public don’t give a #%$* about this. Years if cleaning up after bin men might just have tempered their view.

    1. Isthepopeacatlick

      I think you’re wrong. Even if it’s only been once or twice, Greyhound has come up in pub conversation recently. I don’t think we’d have been talking about bin collection companies of we didn’t have a point of view on this, so people do give a shit.

      Personally, I’m a Greyhound customer, currently regretting that I paid a year up front. If the workers are still out when I’m renewing next month, I’ll avoid Greyhound. If they’re reinstated I’ll consider Greyhound and go with the best value

  8. Dick

    I hope Greyhound’s shareholders are contented by the fact that their MD is effectively squandering company cash (given the extremely remote probability of success) with the above action on what is one of the most expensive High Courts to apply to in Europe.

      1. Dick

        I’m not sure if they are but it’s certainly where a significant proportion of unscrupulous companies base their ultimate controlling parent.

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