Monday, April 11, 2011

Haulage Strike Action Threatens Freight Movement

IRHA set Deadline for Government
Shipping News Feature

IRELAND – Following their meeting on Saturday members of the Irish Road Haulage Association (IRHA) have issued a threat to the Department of Transport that, should they fail to convene a meeting between the two parties next week, strike action will paralyse freight movements across the country.

Over two hundred truckers gathered at the meeting in Limerick to reiterate their twin threats of suspending deliveries and collections and withholding payment of VAT and Pay-Related Social Insurance (PRSI) payments as covered in our recent article.

A meeting between the two is scheduled for after the Easter break but IRHA President Vincent Caulfield said his members were extremely angry at the government’s tardiness in acting on the ever rising costs of diesel fuel for the hauliers which was resulting in widespread liquidations.

Photo: Detail from ‘Strike’ by Stanisław Lentz