Ireland -Lagan Brick redundancy dispute continues after non-binding recommendation court -July 24, 2012

After the independent mediation process over redundancy payments at Lagan Brick failed last month, as reported in the June newsletter, a non-binding recommendation of the labour court appears to have no more effect. Twenty-five former employees of closed down Lagan Brick plant in Kingscourt have been seeking redundancy payments in a conflict that has gone into its seventh month. The labour court, ruling in the absence of the employer who refused to attend, recommended the workers be paid an improved redundancy package. The recommendation outlines a package of the statutory three weeks per year of service, instead of the statutory two. The court ruled that the statutory part as well as half of the improved package should be paid to the workers immediately, whereas the second half should be paid when the remaining stock of brick has been removed or the company changes hands. Lagan Brick has not commented on the recommendation.

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