Press Release

SIPTU calls on LISK to implement Labour Court recommendation on union recognition

Date Released: 17 November 2021

SIPTU members have called on LISK Ireland Ltd in Gort, county Galway, to implement a Labour Court recommendation endorsing their request for the company to recognise their union as their chosen representatives for all industrial relations purposes.

SIPTU Industrial Organiser, Stephen Lavelle, said: “The workers at LISK have been very patient, working with SIPTU organisers over many months in pursuit of direct and meaningful engagement with management on a number of industrial relations matters. They are now calling on management to implement the recommendation of the Labour Court that their claim for trade union representation be vindicated.

“The company, to date, has ignored all invitations to meet with union representatives to resolve genuine and legitimate issues that have been raised by members

“In its recommendation (LCR22491), the Labour Court stated that ‘the company should recognise the union, for all industrial relations purposes, as the chosen representatives of those employees who join the union’. The Labour Court went on to specifically recommend that ‘the parties enter into negotiations with a view to concluding a collective agreement on the procedural arrangements within which normal industrial relations business can be conducted’. This essentially means that our members should now have a voice at the negotiating table. We can then deal with a number of serious issues at the company including improving health and safety standards and our members terms and conditions of employment.

“We urge LISK management to now move quickly to accept the recommendation of the Labour Court. SIPTU representatives are ready, willing, and able to engage in good faith with management immediately, so that our members’ issues are resolved without any delay.”


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