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Ferris supports Coca-Cola Workers

15 October, 2009 - by Martin Ferris TD

The Sinn Féin Spokesperson on Workers Rights, Martin Ferris TD, today raised the issue of the threat to Coca-Cola workers in the Dáil. The workers have been on strike for almost two months as part of their campaign to stop the company outsourcing their distribution section which will result in the loss of 130 jobs, as well as undermining the wages and working conditions of other employees.

Deputy Ferris said: “Coca Cola Ireland is part of an extremely successful multinational company that continues to make massive profits. There is therefore no excuse for the proposed lay offs or the other conditions which the company is attempting to force on the workers.

“Coca Cola has also refused to abide by a Labour Court proposal regarding the redundancy package being offered to those whose jobs are to be destroyed. This is yet another example of a large company using the current economic situation to weaken the position of their employees and in that light it is incumbent on the Government to intervene and to ensure that the workers are treated fairly.” ENDS

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