Date Released: 19 October 2015
SIPTU members working as security guards at the Shell gas terminal in Bellanaboy, county Mayo, are conducting a 12-hour work stoppage tomorrow (Monday, 19th October) in a dispute related to the unilateral implementation of job losses and reduced hours by the security contractor Senaca Group.
Security guards at the site will conduct their work stoppage between 6.00 a.m. and 6.00 p.m. tomorrow (Monday, 19th October). For the duration of this industrial action official pickets will be placed on the entrances to the Bellanaboy gas terminal.
SIPTU Organiser, Ed Kenny, said: “This action has been necessitated due to the company terminating SIPTU members' employment without agreement and its unilateral reduction of workers contracted hours. While our members have sought a negotiated solution to this dispute the company has refused to agree to attend the Labour Court as agreed following conciliation talks at the Workplace Relations Commission.”
SIPTU Shop Steward and Senaca security guard, Michael Leneghan, said: “The workers have been left with no option but to conduct this industrial action due to the intransigence shown by management in this dispute. Our members are open to engaging in negotiations but will also intensify their industrial action if necessary.”
From Monday, SIPTU members working as security guards at the terminal will also engage in a work to rule in relation to certain functions they carry out on the site.