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Ferris expresses support for Bank of Ireland staff strike

28 September, 2009 - by Martin Ferris TD

The Sinn Féin Spokesperson on Workers Rights, Martin Ferris TD has expressed his support for a one day strike by members of the Unite union employed by Bank of Ireland which is to take place on Wednesday September 30th. The strike by workers in the bank’s life assurance section is in response to Bank of Ireland’s refusal to implement a Labour Court recommendation of June 3rd last that they honour an agreement to implement agreed pay increases.

Deputy Ferris said, “The refusal of Bank of Ireland to pays the agreed increases is inexcusable, as is its arrogant decision to ignore the decision of the Labour Court. The workers in question have already been subject to an effective cut in their earnings and are entitled to the increase.

“The refusal of the bank to honour the agreement is particularly unacceptable in light of the fact that they have been effectively saved by the state and that it now chooses to ignore the agreed mechanisms to resolve disputes of this matter between employers and trade unions, something which Unite has already done and indeed in doing so deferred an earlier mandated strike action.

“It is now incumbent on the Government to insure that the Labour Court ruling is adhered to and that the agreed increase is paid immediately.” ENDS

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