Industrial action at Bulmers averted

Industrial action scheduled for this morning (Wednesday) at Bulmers in Clonmel has been averted.

Industrial action scheduled for this morning (Wednesday) at Bulmers in Clonmel has been averted.

Members of the Unite union, which represents managerial workers, had voted unanimously for industrial action over issues concerning redundancy terms.

The vote was taken following what they described as a “decision by the company to renege on the terms of a 2009 collective agreement regarding redundancy terms.”

Unite and Bulmers representatives attended a hearing of the Labour Relations Comission on Monday and the propoosals made at that hearing were accepted by Unite members at a meeting on Tuesday afternoon.

Unite official Tony Kelly said that he had advised the company that the union members had accepted the proposals of the LRC and that the proposed industrial action had been suspended.

Mr Kelly said that the members had voted for industrial action because one of their members was made redundant and offered terms amounting to around half of what had been agreed in the 2009 agreement.

The union spokesman welcomed the proposal made by the Labour Relations Committee that the member made redundant receive the full terms of the 2009 agreement.

At the LRC hearing on Monday both the Unite union and Bulmers agreed to engage in relation to the terms of the 2009 agreement.