Tipperary TD Seamus Healy calls for union recognition at Boston Scientific
Independent Tipperary TD Seamus Healy has called on management in the Boston Scientific plant in Clonmel to accept a Labour Court recommendation recognising the right of workers in the medical devices facility to trade union representation.
The Clonmel TD says the Labour Court has ruled in favour of workers in this facility being allowed to be represented by their union for the purposes of collectively bargaining on pay and working conditions but that management has refused to implement the recommendation.
"I will be supporting the workers on the streets of Clonmel this week on Friday 10th November and Saturday 11th November asking the public to sign a petition supporting the call for trade union recognition", he said.
Deputy Healy says that many Boston Scientific employees joined SIPTU following what he describes as an attempt by management to deduct 20% from their shift pay.
He says management attempted to make this cut despite many of the workers earning less than the living wage of €11.70 per hour.
Deputy Healy says that more than 400 workers signed a petition indicating their opposition to the move.
He adds - "It is now well beyond time that the union was recognised and industrial relations in the company put on a reasonable basis.
"I again call on Boston Scientific to show respect for their employees as human beings and to grant them trade union recognition".