SIPTU members at the Glen Dimplex manufacturing plant in Newry, County Down, implemented a work stoppage today (Thursday,18th August), in a dispute at the company concerning pay. SIPTU Organiser, Denis Sheridan said: “Since 7.45 a.m. this morning the workers have implemented a work stoppage and staged a picket at the front entrance to the plant. The work stoppage will be maintained until 7.30 a.m. tomorrow (Friday, 19th August). Unfortunately, due to the intransigence shown by management at recent pay talks the workers have been left with no option but to implement this strike action. “This work stoppage has received overwhelming support from the local community including elected representatives. It is the first of several planned for the coming weeks and is in addition to an ongoing work-to-rule campaign at the plant which includes a ban on overtime and call outs.” SIPTU Shop Steward, Alan Clark, said: “Our members have sought to find a negotiated solution to this dispute. Glen Dimplex is a profitable company and it is only fair that its workers are rewarded in an acceptable manner for their work. SIPTU representatives remain available to engage in meaningful talks with management at any time.” Further work stoppages are scheduled for Thursday, 1st September, Monday, 12th September and Monday, 26th September. There are approximately 120 SIPTU members employed at the Glen Dimplex plant in Newry which has been in operation since 1973.