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Ferris condemns Greencore refusal to meet with Labour Court

25 October, 2006


The Sinn Féin Spokesperson on Agriculture, Martin Ferris TD has condemned the refusal of Greencore to meet with the Labour Court on the basis of the Court's recommendation that the company provide a proper redundancy package to the former workers at the Mallow sugar factory. The Court recommended that Greencore comply with the original agreement reached with the unions representing the workers. Both the TEEU and SIPTU have indicated that they will comply with the Recommendation.

Deputy Ferris said: "I have seen a copy of the letter which the Labour Court sent to Greencore on October 17 and it is quite clear that the company is point blank refusing to comply with the Court. It is also crystal clear that the union's case that Greencore reneged on the original redundancy agreement has been vindicated by the Court.

"Once again I am calling on Minister for Agriculture Mary Coughlan, as the holder of the Government's share in Greencore and the Minister for Enterprise and Employment Micheál Martin, to intervene in order to ensure that Greencore honours its commitments. I will be attempting to have this issue discussed as a matter of urgency in the Dáil this afternoon."

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