Truck Firm Redundancy Triggers Strikes

Strike action has this morning begun at a truck maintenance company depot in Ballymun.

The union representing workers served notice of industrial action after twenty-three workers at Pullman Fleet Services were informed they were being made redundant because of the loss of a contract with Tesco.

The workers are being offered statutory redundancy, despite an appeal lodged by SIPTU at the Labour Relations Commission last Friday.

SIPTU said the company was only offering statutory redundancy plus €1,000 to each of the 23 workers involved. This means payments of between €5,000 and €8,000 for each worker.

The union said it had attended a conciliation conference with Pullman at the Labour Relations Commission on Friday and proposed that the workers receive five weeks per year of service in line with previous redundancy packages in the sector. However the company refused to improve its offer.

SIPTU Organiser Graham Macken said: “The redundancy claim is in line with one secured when employees on the same site were made redundant in October and had the additional option of redeployment which is not the case for these workers".


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