December 9th: Unite, which represents workers in Virgin Media along with Siptu, today (Monday) announced that union members have voted overwhelmingly to take industrial action.
The move follows attempts by the company to impose compulsory redundancies. In addition, the company is proposing redundancy terms which are inferior to those previously collectively agreed.
The company has to date failed to engage with unions to resolve the issues in dispute.
The strike committee will meet next week to decide the nature and timing of the industrial action to be taken.
Commenting, Unite Regional Officer Brendan Byrne said:
“Our members are extremely disappointed not only at Virgin Media’s failure to engage with their employees’ representatives, but also at the company’s breaches of a collective agreement dating back to 2008.
“Management have unilaterally decided which workers are, and which workers are not, covered by collective bargaining. This is unacceptable to unions and our members.
“Resolution of this dispute is in the company’s hands, and unions remain available to talk”, Mr Byrne concluded.