Press Release

SIPTU members conducting 36-hour work stoppage at AbbVie plant in county Cork

Date Released: 23 November 2017

SIPTU members are conducting a 36-hour work stoppage at the AbbVie pharmaceutical plant in Carrigtwohill, county Cork. The industrial action commenced yesterday (Wednesday, 22nd November) at 7.00 p.m. and will conclude tomorrow (Friday, 24th November) at 7.00 a.m.

SIPTU Sector Organiser, Alan O'Leary, said: “This 36-hour work stoppage is the second such action that our members have been forced to take at the AbbVie plant. This is due to a management refusal to implement a Labour Court ruling calling on it to respect the workers’ right to be represented by their union.
 
“SIPTU represents the majority of process operators at the plant. These workers are calling on their employer to engage in talks with their union representatives to resolve a number of workplace issues. Their case was referred by union representatives to the Workplace Relations Commission but the company refused to attend a meeting to discuss the issues in dispute."
 
He added: “The case was then referred to the Labour Court, which following an investigation, recommended that the company engage with the workers’ union. Having exhausted all the industrial relations mechanisms of the State in an effort to resolve the dispute our members have been forced to take industrial action as a last resort.”
 
SIPTU Organiser, Paul de Puis, said: “Management has, for many years, ignored Labour Court rulings and the concerns of our members. This is completely unacceptable. Our members want their employer to stop ignoring them and to resolve their issues. In order to facilitate such a process, SIPTU representatives are calling on management to engage with them in discussions.”


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