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Sinn Féin supports BCD Travel workers in call to adhere to Labour Court recommendations

2 August, 2013 - by Martin Ferris TD, Dessie Ellis TD

Sinn Féin TDs Martin Ferris and Dessie Ellis have today called on the BCD Travel group to adhere to Labour Court recommendations on redundancy payments for seven staff who are picketing outside the company’s headquarters in Dublin this morning.

The seven women were made redundant earlier this year when the company decided to move its Tralee operation to Dublin. BCD has the contract to provide travel arrangements for the Kerry Group.

Speaking before he joined the picket in Dublin this morning Deputy Ellis said: “It is shameful that a very profitable company like BCD would claim that they cannot afford to pay these women the extra two weeks redundancy that the Labour Court recommended. Kerry Group also has a moral obligation to use its considerable influence with BCD.”

Deputy Ferris, who joined the workers at their protest outside Kerry Group in Tralee last week said: “When these women were first interviewed for the jobs with BCD they were interviewed by Kerry Group. They spent their entire time working from Kerry Group offices in Tralee, working on a contract arranging travel for that company. Kerry Group has a strong reputation for treating its employees with fairness but they need to do more to help these workers.

“Some of these women have given 13 years working for this company. They deserve to be treated with fairness and should be paid what they are owed.” ends

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