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Doyle Concrete disregard for Labour Court recommendation another nail in the coffin of labour standards

15 February, 2006


Sinn Féin spokesperson on Employment and Workers Rights, Arthur Morgan T.D. this evening slammed the decision of the management at Doyle Concrete in Rathangan, Co. Kildare to ignore a Labour Court recommendation that a redundancy package should entail five weeks pay per year of service and be voluntary.

Deputy Morgan said, "When Doyle Concrete accepted the Labour Court recommendation at the end of last year many were sceptical regarding whether the company would in fact stand by the recommendation. We now know that they have decided to ignore a Labour Court recommendation that a redundancy package should entail five weeks pay per year of service and be voluntary. Siptu has said the company is not abiding by the agreement to lay people off on a last-in-first-out basis. Unionised workers are the first to be made redundant. It is abhorrent that an employer should be able to single out unionised workers for redundancy in this way. If Doyle concrete are allowed to get away with this others will follow. Workers will be increasingly fearful of joining trade unions. If the Government values trade unions as it claims it must ensure that employers cannot and do not act in this way." ENDS

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