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Ferris Calls on Greencore to Honour Mallow Redundancy Agreement

11 May, 2006

The Sinn Féin spokesperson on Agriculture Martin Ferris TD has called upon Greencore to honour the severance package agreed with workers at the former Irish Sugar plant at Mallow. 250 workers are being laid off tomorrow afternoon and are only being offered statutory redundancy despite a Labour Court judgement ordering that the agreed severance package be fully honoured. Deputy Ferris also called upon the Minister for Agriculture Mary Coughlan to meet with unions representing workers at the plant, as they have been requesting for the past six weeks.

Deputy Ferris said: “It is an absolute disgrace that the closure of Mallow is being made worse for workers there by the refusal of Greencore to honour the severance package. Greencore stands to make a considerable profit from both the sale of the plant and the compensation for the selling out of the Irish sugar sector, and yet are refusing to adequately compensate those workers whose jobs were sacrificed. It is vital that the Government ensure that Greencore does honour the severance package, and that Minister Coughlan meets the workers representatives given the role that her Department has to play, and the fact that she is responsible for the state’s share in Greencore.” ENDS

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