Workers threatened with dismissal over industrial action

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Supporting 7 workers who manage corporate travel arrangements for the Kerry Group who are threatened with dismissal. Below is a copy of their press release from Monday.

Press Release
BCD Travel employees threatened with immediate dismissal
Date Released: 11 March 2013

SIPTU members employed by BCD Travel, which manages corporate travel arrangements for the Kerry Group, have been threatened with immediate dismissal and the non-payment of redundancy entitlements if they exercise their right to take industrial action.

The seven workers based in the Kerry Group head office in Tralee, Co. Kerry, were informed of the threat by the management of BCD Travel late last week following their unanimous vote to take industrial action on Wednesday, 6th March.

SIPTU Sector Organiser, Karan O’Loughlin, said: “The workers have been informed they are to lose their jobs as part of a company restructuring plan. They have been trying to negotiate terms with the company, which includes the retention of two positions. However, the company has refused to fully engage or even attend a meeting at the Labour Relations Commission.”

Karan O’Loughlin added: “That the company has now taken to threatening the workers with immediate dismissal and non-payment of redundancy entitlements is completely unacceptable.

“Their treatment also runs completely counter to the Kerry Group code of conduct for suppliers, which states: ‘We are committed to the highest standards of business and ethical behaviour, to fulfilling our responsibilities to the communities which we serve and to the creation of long-term value for all stakeholders on a socially and environmentally sustainable basis’.

“Is this merely a paper policy or is Kerry Group actually prepared to intervene to stand over its position on ethics in relation to these workers?”