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60 Hasbroworkers strike over pay dispute

By Neans McSweeney, South-East Correspondent
CLOSE to 60 SIPTU union members protested outside their workplace yesterday to highlight their disquiet over pay.

The staff at the Hasbro toy manufacturing plant in Waterford took the action because of what they described as delays in implementing the latest tranche in pay hikes due to them under Sustaining Progress.

Further lunchtime protests are planned over the coming days. The workers say they have already voted in favour of industrial action and will follow through with that threat unless progress is made on their pay issue over the coming weeks.

Last night, spokesman Paul Dunne told local radio station WLR FM: "The members of management, supervisors and members of two other unions have received these hikes without pre-conditions.

"They are looking for three conditions from SIPTU members only.

"One of these is to work during breaks. Another is to change the shift rotation during the evening shift and the third, which is a very important one, is to interfere with the established seniority policy among long-serving staff."

The company has so far declined to comment.