Ireland - Pay dispute comes to an end - January 01, 2017

SIPTU members at Bausch + Lomb’s Waterford plant have voted to accept a pay deal, averting the threat of strike action and job cuts. The vote, which was supported by over 80% in a ballot, lifted a threat to the future viability of the plant, where 1,250 people are employed. The dispute polarised earlier on as the company, which is owned by troubled Canadian pharma group Valeant, had imposed a deadline for agreement on a pay deal. Otherwise, it warned, it would take a series of measures that could put 220 jobs at risk. SIPTU was looking for the restoration of the working conditions that prevailed back in 2014 before unions agreed to an €18.5 million package of cuts that saw 200 staff let go and a pay cut of 7.5 per cent as well as a new, lower pay grade for temporary staff and other measures. Reopening of the talks led to an improved deal.

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