24/09/2012

SIPTU Supports Protest Outside Gleeson Group Warehouse

SIPTU supports a protest by workers outside the Gleeson Group warehouse in Ballyfermot, Dublin, against the targeting of trade union members for dismissal from their jobs.

Eight workers, who had their employment terminated by management on Monday, 27th August, began a protest this morning (24th September) outside the company’s Ballyfermot warehouse in order to highlight their unfair treatment.

SIPTU Organiser Graham Macken said: "The majority of workers in the warehouse are SIPTU members. However, the company has refused to meet with union representatives to discuss changes to their terms and conditions of employment.

"In recent months management has implemented pay cuts without agreement with the workers. This action is in breach of the Payment of Wages Act. On Monday, 27th August, management terminated the employment of eight workers, the majority of whom are active trade union members. It was claimed that the job losses were part of a redundancy situation but the day after the workers finished their jobs, management hired agency workers to take over their roles.

"Management has repeatedly refused to meet with union representatives and has declined an invitation to attend the Labour Relations Commission to discuss the situation. The eight workers have decided to bring their cases to the Employment Appeals Tribunal and not to call for industrial action by their colleagues at this stage."

(CD)


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