By: William O’ Toole
Employees at Kerry Foods Shillelagh plant are staging a sit in protest due to the suspension of a work colleague yesterday.
The employee, who works as a technician at the plant was suspended in a dispute over changes to working conditions and pay.
The maintenance staff staff said that changes to hourly pay rates, holiday pay, bonus schemes, overtime rates and shift patterns were forced on them without consultation and as a result, they have been on a work – to – rule for the past few weeks.
It is understood that the worker was suspended with full pay due to his refusal to ‘ implement ‘ a new procedure at the plant.
A spokesperson for the company said the plant, which employs 700 people, was working as normal despite the protest.
“We reorganised working conditions and pay to ensure the viability of the facility. This dispute is led by TEEU which represent about 34 craft workers.” he said.