Gardaí have confirmed that they are investigating an incident this evening outside the Greyhound Household Waste company in which a picketer was hit by a car as it left the plant.

SIPTU members at the plant have been on strike since 17 June in a dispute over pay cuts introduced unilaterally by the company.

Gardaí said that a 37-year-old man was hit by a car leaving the plant at Crag Avenue in Clondalkin at around 6.30pm.

He was brought by ambulance to Tallaght Hospital, but they described his injuries as not serious.

They said statements would be taken and a decision would be made as to whether to prosecute the driver.

A spokesperson for Greyhound confirmed that a private visitor leaving the depot had been involved in a collision.

He said that the driver was not an employee or one of the agency workers currently carrying out bin collections on the lower rates of pay introduced by management two weeks ago.

He said the car was driven by a relative of a member of staff.

The spokesperson also said that the company had called the gardaí an hour before the incident as they were concerned about the health and safety issues caused by the strikers allegedly impeding traffic going in and out of the plant.

SIPTU official Henry O'Shea confirmed that the victim in the collision was a shop steward, adding that he himself had barely avoided being hit.

He also denied that the picketers had impeded access for the lorries, claiming that the company itself had created a bottleneck at the entrance to the depot.