Date Released: 30 September 2013
SIPTU has served strike notice on McAllister Garage Ltd (trading as McAllister Volkswagen), Airside Motor Park, Swords, Co. Dublin, with the action scheduled to commence on Monday, 7th October at 9.00 a.m.
The scheduled strike is due to a management decision to impose disciplinary sanctions, including dismissal, on workers who are implementing a work to rule action in a dispute with the company over attempts to unilaterally change their contracts of employment.
SIPTU Organiser, Andrew McGuinness, said: “The workers have been left with no option but to escalate this dispute due to the confrontational attitude of management.
“The workers have been engaged in a work to rule action since 12th August in response to company attempts to implement unilateral changes to their contracts of employment. Rather than accept changes, without negotiation, that would result in reductions in pay and a longer working week, the workers have continued to work according to the terms of their agreed contracts.”
He added: “In response management has implemented disciplinary procedures on several workers and dismissed one employee, while also refusing to attend a Labour Relations Commission (LRC) meeting or engage with their union.
“The union remains available for direct discussion with the company or engagement through the auspices of the LRC in an effort to resolve the issues in dispute.”