Press Release

SIPTU members in Tim Hastings Garage in Westport to ballot on strike action on Friday

Date Released: 05 October 2016

SIPTU members at Tim Hastings Garage in Westport, County Mayo, will ballot on Friday (7th October) on whether to take strike action in a dispute concerning the redundancy of several workers at the company, on Friday (7th October).

SIPTU Sector Organiser, John McCarrick, said: “Due to management intransigence, including a refusal to attend the Labour Court to discuss this dispute, our members are now left with no option other than balloting on strike action.

“In August, management implemented the compulsory redundancy of four of our members in the garage.  However, the process by which these workers were selected to be made redundant was not transparent or acceptable.”

He added: “Rather than seek to resolve this dispute the company has today (Wednesday, 5th October) escalated it by selecting another member of staff for redundancy without applying a ‘last in first out’ criteria or providing any other coherent reason.

“The current situation is particularly unfortunate due to the previous longstanding working relationship our union has had with the company. This relationship has become extremely strained due to the approach taken by management over the last 18 months.”

The result of the ballot on strike action will be announced on Friday (7th October) afternoon.


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