SIPTU members employed in LISK Ireland Ltd commenced a campaign of industrial action at its manufacturing plant in Gort, county Galway, this morning (Monday, 4th April) with a work stoppage that began at 8.00 a.m. and will conclude at 12 midnight. SIPTU Organiser, Stephen Lavelle, said: “SIPTU members placed pickets at the entrance to the manufacturing plant this morning. Our members were left with no option but to begin industrial action due to a management refusal to respect a Labour Court recommendation that the company engage in negotiations with their union.  “Management has ignored several invitations from SIPTU representatives to discuss and resolve concerns that our members have expressed in relation to their terms and conditions of employment.” SIPTU Manufacturing Division Organiser, Greg Ennis, said: “This is the beginning of a campaign of industrial action which will continue until the company respects the right of our members to be represented by their union representatives for the purposes of collective bargaining.  “The need to negotiate reasonable pay and terms and conditions of employment is a huge issue for these workers and their colleagues across Ireland. Rises in the cost of basic necessities due to a record rate of inflation, as well as other issues, are causing extreme hardship for many of our members and their families employed across the economy.”  He added: “SIPTU representatives remain willing and available to meet with management in order to resolve this dispute. However, if it continues to display intransigence, there will be further industrial action by our members employed at its electronic component manufacturing plant.”