4HOME staff to picket as negotiations collapse

Workers at three 4HOME Superstores are to mount pickets tomorrow after negotiations with the company about redundancy packages broke down.

Workers at three 4HOME Superstores are to mount pickets tomorrow after negotiations with the company about redundancy packages broke down.

A last-minute solution that would see industrial action avoided looked hopeless today as Mandate — the union representing the workers who are to lose their jobs — said there had been no communication from the company. Workers will picket at the stores in Fermoy and Mitchelstown in Co Cork, and Annacotty in Co Limerick.

The 4HOME Superstores are a spin-off of Dairygold.

Talks at the Labour Relations Commission between Mandate and company management broke down last week.

The company announced three weeks ago that it was closing three of its operations in New Square, Mitchelstown; Patrick Street in Fermoy; and Annacotty, Limerick, with the loss of a total of 40 jobs.

Mandate say the workers were treated badly as they were given no prior warning that they were to be made redundant and that the company only offered two weeks’ pay per year of employment along with notice payments, even though some staff had service of more than 38 years.

The staff began an impromptu sit-in before it was agreed to try and thrash out a deal at the Labour Relations Commission. However, no deal could be reached and workers served notice that they would picket in the stores in Mitchelstown and Fermoy tomorrow.

Mandate spokesperson Lorraine O’Brien told the Evening Echo newspaper: “We have heard nothing from the company since it was announced that the workers intended to picket if there was no resolution. That is very disappointing to the workers, who did not take the decision lightly.”

A spokesperson for the company said they found the strike action regrettable and counter-productive.

Article courtesy of The Evening Echo newspaper.

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