SIPTU representatives have today (Friday, 16th November) called on management in the Coca-Cola plant in Ballina, county Mayo, to fully implement a Labour Court recommendation recognising the right of the workers in the plant to collective trade union representation. SIPTU Industrial Organiser, Denis Gormalley, said: “The Labour Court has recommended in favour of SIPTU’s claim to have negotiation rights for workers in the concentrate manufacturing facility. However, management has refused to implement the recommendation.” He added: “109 workers in the Coca-Cola plant in Ballina are SIPTU members. SIPTU representatives are calling on Coca-Cola management to immediately implement the Labour Court recommendation and engage with the union to negotiate terms and conditions of employment for our members.” SIPTU representatives recently reached an agreement with Coca-Cola’s sister plant in Athy, county Kildare, in relation to its closure and the transfer of that business to Ballina following a Labour Court hearing.