Unite Members At Bulmers To Take Strike Action
Unite trade union has announced that its members at the Bulmers facility in Clonmel will take strike action from 8 am on July 15, following the company’s decision to renege on its 2009 agreement governing redundancy terms.
Regional officer for Unite, Tony Kelly explained, "Despite a clear agreement concluded in 2009 between Bulmers and the unions, the company has informed the workers represented by Unite that they are not covered by that agreement.”
He went on to say that Unite has been attempting to engage the company to resolve the issue, adding that, “Now, one of our members is now being made redundant on terms that amount to around half of what had been agreed.”
Kelly also pointed out that not only is Bulmers in breach of an agreement, but that the treatment of the member made redundant is “particularly disappointing” as dividends paid to shareholders by parent company C&C have more doubled since 2011.
“I am again calling on the company to honour the 2009 agreement. It is not too late for them to agree to abide by the agreement pending engagement at the LRC. Otherwise, our members will be taking strike action of indefinite duration starting at 8 am on Wednesday July 15," he concluded.
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