SIPTU members at the Kerry Foods plant in Carrickmacross, County Monaghan, commenced a 24-hour work stoppage this morning (Tuesday, 6th march) at 7.30 a.m. in a dispute resulting from an attempt to make 31 workers redundant without agreement. SIPTU Organiser, Jim McVeigh, said: “This is the first of three scheduled 24-hour work stoppages at the Carrickmacross plant. The other two will take place on Tuesday 13th and Tuesday 20th March. “The company knows that in order to avoid our members taking further industrial action an agreement to implement a voluntary redundancy scheme is required. This must include an adequate redundancy package for those members of the workforce who wish to leave.” He added: “SIPTU representatives are available to meet with the company at any time to discuss a fair resolution to this dispute.” There are over 300 SIPTU members employed in the plant.