Following a row over redundancy terms, the Unite Trade Union has announced that its members, currently working at Bulmers Cider Brewery in Clonmel, Co. Tipperary, have voted unanimously for industrial action.
This action follows the company’s apparent decision to renege on the said terms of a 2009 collective agreement.
We understand that according to the Unite Trade Union, the company has informed 24 Unite members; current employees working at the brewery, that they are not covered by this same 2009 collective redundancy agreement.
It is understood that the company has made one member redundant, while offering terms which will now only amount to around half of what was then originally and collectively agreed.
Explaining the background to this dispute, the Unite Trade Union’s Regional Officer Mr Tony Kelly stated: “Following a unanimous vote by Unite Members for industrial action, it is in the company’s interests to continue honouring the 2009 agreement, which was negotiated under the auspices of the Labour Relations Commission (LRC), pending engagement under the same auspices”.