Date Released: 07 December 2012
SIPTU is supporting a protest at lunchtime today (Friday, 7th December) by workers at the O’Sullivan’s Pharmacy in Bantry, Co. Cork.
Staff have decided to protest outside the store from 12.00 a.m. to 2.00 p.m. to highlight their frustration with a management refusal to negotiate with their union, SIPTU.
SIPTU Organiser, Graham Macken, said: "SIPTU is organising workers in this pharmacy and the 59 others throughout the country which operate within the Uniphar Retail Services Group. The company has so far refused to recognise SIPTU for collective negotiations and has continued to implement unilateral changes to employees terms and conditions.”
He added: “The union has not balloted its members in O’Sullivan’s Pharmacy for industrial action, pending the outcome of proximity talks with management which are due to take place at the end of January. However, the company has refused to take part in direct conciliation talks aimed at finding an agreed resolution to issues raised by its staff. This intransigence on the part of management has resulted in the workers deciding to proceed with their protest today. SIPTU fully supports the workers and is attending the protest to show our solidarity with them."