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Ferris raises Green Isle strike in Dail

2 March, 2010 - by Martin Ferris TD

The Sinn Féin Spokesperson on Workers Rights, Martin Ferris TD, succeeded in having the ongoing strike and hunger strike at Green Isle Foods in Naas debated in the Dail this afternoon.

Deputy Ferris had earlier met the workers on the picket line and spoke to Jim Wyse who is now on the 15th day of hunger strike. Deputy Ferris reiterated his call on the company to abide by the Labour Court order that it pay improved redundancy or reinstate those workers whose sacking was the subject of the case.

Deputy Ferris said: “Green Isle and their parent company the British based Northern Foods group are not only in flagrant breach of Irish labour law in ignoring the ruling of the LRC but are clearly intent on breaking the TEEU union which represents the striking workers.

“Given that the company has received €42 million in IDA aid over the years the state has an obligation to intervene and to force Green Isle to abide by the court ruling.

“I also reject the scurrilous claim that one of the workers was downloading pornography. That is nothing more than a red herring thrown in to blacken the men and to divert attention from the real issues at stake.” ENDS

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