July 14th: Unite today announced that the strike action at Bulmers’ Clonmel brewery scheduled for tomorrow (Wednesday July 15th) will not now take place. The decision follows the company’s agreement to honour the terms of a 2009 collective agreement in respect of a Unite member being made redundant, and to engage further with the union.
Today’s announcement comes after engagement at the LRC yesterday and a meeting of Unite members in Bulmers today.
Commenting, Unite Regional Officer Tony Kelly said:
“Last month, our members voted unanimously to take industrial action after the company breached a 2009 collective agreement governing redundancy terms by informing the managerial grades represented by Unite that they were not covered by the agreement, and making one of our members redundant on terms amounting to around half of what had been agreed in 2009.
“Yesterday, following a tough but constructive engagement at the LRC, the company agreed to pay our member in accordance with the 2009 agreement, and to engage further with Unite in respect of the issues involved.
“Accordingly, a meeting of Unite members today decided to suspend the strike action which had been scheduled to start tomorrow (Wednesday) at 6 am.
“I would like to thank the other unions representing workers in Bulmers – SIPTU and the TEEU – for their support during this difficult process. Once again, it is clear that the most effective way for workers to vindicate their rights is through collective representation by a trade union”, Tony Kelly concluded.