27/08/2009

'Coke' Workers Picket Offices

Workers at Coca-Cola Ireland have undertaken a picket at the company's main distribution centres today over a decision to 'outsource' 130 jobs.

The workers' union SIPTU said they were taking the action in protest at the company’s plans to outsource the jobs of 130 distribution and warehousing staff in Dublin, Tuam, Waterford, Tipperary and Cork.

SIPTU said that last week Coca-Cola HBC drivers and warehouse staff received letters from three private transport companies offering them new employment at greatly reduced pay and working conditions and containing threats of redundancy.

According to SIPTU Branch Organiser, John Dunne, the letters are in breach of the Transfer of Undertaking regulations, which require employers to guarantee workers the same terms and conditions when their employment is transferred in such circumstances.

Mr Dunne said: "Coca Cola HBC has refused to engage in discussions at the Labour Relations Commission on the issues in dispute including any serious examination of an alternative to the planned outsourcing of these jobs."

He added: "Now these three companies have contacted our members without any consultation with SIPTU to offer them greatly disimproved working conditions in clear breach of union agreements and Transfer of Undertaking regulations made with Coca Cola HBC."

The pickets will be placed at Coca-Cola depots in the Ballycoolin Business Park, Cappagh Road, Dublin; Carrigrohane Road in Cork; the Galway Road, Tuam; and at shared depots in Waterford and Tipperary town.

(DW/BMcc)

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