Ulster staff fear their jobs going down the drain.
Byline: SHAUNA CORR
ANXIOUS workers clocked off yesterday not knowing whether they have a job to go back to.
The 23 staff were employed by Belfast Drain Clearance Services Ltd which was contracted to carry out Dyno-Rod's work in Northern Ireland.
But they were sent a letter on Tuesday to tell them the next day would be their last with BDCS. It continued: "On Monday October 9 you should report to Irish Waste (Services Ltd) for 9am."
Yesterday Irish Waste Services Ltd said "this is nothing to do with us", while BDCS would not comment on the issue.
Dyno UK confirmed it had ended its contract with BDCS. A spokesman said: "We had a license agreement with Belfast Drain Clearance Services Ltd to use the Dyno brand, which has now ended due to several failures by Belfast Drain Clearance Services Ltd to comply with the licence terms.
"We are currently not licensing any use of the brand in Northern Ireland and customers are being referred to local companies which may be able to help."
Unite regional officer Michael Keenan hit out at the situation, saying: "The workers have been left in limbo in the midst of this chaos."
He added: "In a letter from BDCS management dated October 2, workers were told that as the new service provider for Dyno-Rod is Irish Waste Services they should present themselves for work first thing on Monday morning to this employer where all their jobs, pay and terms and conditions would be maintained.
"When Unite contacted Irish Waste Services Ltd, they denied any knowledge and told us they had not taken any Dyno-Rod contracts and certainly would not be employing any BDCS workers.
"Unite is calling on management from both companies to engage with us in a joint meeting to clarify responsibilities."
CONTRACT Licence with BDCS has ended