Cullinane expresses support for Greencore workers
Senator David Cullinane has called upon Greencore to honour an agreement they had made with workers at its Cakes and Desserts Factory in Hull to reinstate prior conditions by October of last year.
The Sinn Féin spokesperson on Workers' Rights was speaking in support of the protest today when workers from the English plant handed in a petition at Greencore’s head office in Santry and at the Department of Agriculture, which was organised by Unite the Union and supported by Sinn Féin.
“I wish to express my support for and solidarity with the workers from Hull in their dispute with Greencore.
“Greencore had in June 2011 cut pay rates, shift premiums, bank holiday premiums and overtime rates, using affordability as a pretext. They had agreed with the plant workers union, Unite, that the terms which had existed up until that point would be reinstated by October 2011."
"However, shamefully Greencore has refused to honour its agreement with these workers and it has used the threat of redundancy to force workers to accept these changes to their contracts. This is in spite of the fact that the company’s overall profits are very good and that it can well afford to honour its agreement with the Union
"Greencore is an Irish company and the Irish Government holds significant shares in it. It is also one of the single biggest recipients of CAP in the state.
“The CEO is a brother of the Minister for Agriculture, Deputy Simon Coveney. The Government are in an excellent position to apply pressure to the company to ensure that the workers get what they are entitled to."
"The demands of the Greencore workers are perfectly reasonable. They are merely struggling for a living wage and seeking that the company lives up to its word."
"I call on Greencore to honour its agreements with the workers, and in particular I call on the government to apply pressure on the company to ensure that transpires."