Ireland - Union members in Meadow Meats begin industrial action - December 31, 2015

SIPTU members in Meadow Meats - part of the Dawn Meats Group - commenced industrial action in response to the company’s failure to honour a Labour Court recommendation that workers in the meat processing plant receive a pay increase. On 7th September the Labour Court issued a recommendation in relation to a dispute at the Meadow Meats plant concerning a pay claim by SIPTU members. According to the terms of the recommendation, the union members, who are currently being paid the minimum wage of €8.65 per hour, were to be awarded an hourly rate of €9.15 per hour retrospective to 1st January 2015. This is to be increased to €9.65 per hour from 1st January 2016 and to €10.00 per hour from 1st January 2017. The terms of the recommendation were accepted by those members in a secret ballot. However, the management of the company has not engaged in any discussions with them since the recommendation was issued. In response to this failure to honour the Labour Court recommendation the workers have undertaken industrial action, initially, in the form of a work to rule campaign.

English: http://www.siptu.ie/media/pressreleases2015/featurednews/fullstory … 

For more information, please contact the editor Jan Cremers, Amsterdam Institute for Advanced Labour Studies (AIAS) cbn-aias@uva.nl or the communications officer at the ETUI, Mariya Nikolova mnikolova@etui.org. For previous issues of the Collective bargaining newsletter please visit http://www.etui.org/E-Newsletters/Collective-bargaining-newsletter. You may find further information on the ETUI at www.etui.org, and on the AIAS at www.uva-aias.net.


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