Catering giant SSP condemned for its attempt to initiate spurious redundancies of bar workers in Dublin Airport

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Catering giant SSP condemned for its attempt to initiate spurious redundancies of bar workers in Dublin Airport

Responding to efforts by SSP to drive experienced bar staff out of their jobs in Dublin Airport Clare Daly TD said:

“The company have had a clear agenda of driving down wage costs by the crudest of means. The company originally sought to replace 10 bar staff with 10 catering staff on wages of €9.40 per hour. The SIPTU members were told that the catering staff they wanted would have a ‘different skill set’ yet the job description claimed that experience was inessential.

“On the basis of challenging the company on this point they scrapped the recruitment process and instead embarked on a review process over the last number of days which involved rating the bar staff on the jobs that have already been doing with a required pass rate of 80%. Despite misgivings the workers participated in this process and on the basis of a number of them allegedly ‘failing’ redundancy notices have been issued.

“One worker challenged the examiners to describe the job he was doing that they were rating him on and being unable to do so they suspended the process.

“It seems clear to me that the companies efforts to spuriously select workers for redundancy needs to be vigorously challenged. The fact that members engaged in this phoney rating process and some have passed and been given the impression that their jobs are safe poses a very divisive scenario that SIPTU should not have allowed to emerge in my view.

“I gather a meeting for members has been organised for today. On the basis of the conversations I have had I detect a strong mood for action to defend jobs and conditions. I will publiclly support these workers and strongly encourage SIPTU to take every necessary step to back them up in their efforts to save their jobs including strike action”