Date Released: 16 August 2013
Milne Foods workers and their supporters will march in Birr, County Offaly on Saturday, 24th August, to protest at the refusal of the company to implement a Labour Court recommendation or meet with its employees’ representatives.
The protest will begin with a rally in Emmet Square, Birr, at 4.00 p.m. followed by a march to the Milne Foods plant in the Syngefield Industrial Estate.
The protest march follows a series of strike actions at the plant due to the company’s failure to adhere to a Labour Court recommendation that management meet with the workers' representatives and implement improvements to their pay and conditions.
SIPTU Organiser, Michael Browne, said: “It has become clear that the company has no intention of implementing the Labour Court recommendation which it received back in March. The workers have been left with no option but to take industrial action and now organise this protest after they exhausted all other avenues open to them to initiate constructive dialogue with management.
“This company is in receipt of State funds from contracts to supply publicly funded bodies including a number of Health Service Executive hospitals. However, management is refusing to honour a Labour Court recommendation or even meet with workers’ representatives."
He added: “The workers have received great support from the local community and their fellow trade unionists and will continue their campaign until management deal with them in a reasonable manner.”