Date Released: 25 July 2013
Former BCD travel group workers, who have had redundancy payments awarded in a Labour Court ruling withheld by the company, and their supporters staged a protest outside their former workplace at the Kerry Group offices in Tralee today (Thursday, 25th July).
Tomorrow (Friday, 26th July), the workers will travel to Dublin to protest outside the head offices of BCD Travel in Northwood Court, Santry, Dublin 9. SIPTU Organiser, Karan O’Loughlin, said: “BCD Travel, which manages corporate travel arrangements for the Kerry Group, made these women redundant in early April. Following a Labour Court hearing they were awarded an additional two weeks per year of service redundancy payment. BCD Travel has refused to honour the Labour Court ruling.”
Former BCD Travel worker, Madeleine O’Shea, worked in the Kerry Group offices for 14 years organising travel for senior executives.
She said: “The seven women affected worked solely in the Kerry Group offices on a contract arranging corporate travel arrangements for that company. Despite this the management of Kerry Group has refused to request that its contractor respect the workers rights to a fair redundancy payment.
“We have received strong support from the local community, including a number of local politicians joining our protest. We are determined to maintain our protests until the Labour Court ruling is adhered too.”