Minister Alan Kelly has welcomed progress for the workers in the C&C (formerly Gleesons) plant in Borrisoleigh on their quest for union recognition.
In a statement to this weeks Tipperary Star, the Labour Minister said:
‘I welcome the fact that C&C have agreed at last to enter discussions with SIPTU on the issue of union recognition in Borrisoleigh and other areas.
“I understand a meeting is planned for December 5th. Other areas of C&Cs operations and other plants have union recognition so the same should be the case here.
“It is critically important that management in C&C work with SIPTU and the workers there to progress the future of the plant in Borrisoleigh which is such a large employer in the area.
“I will do all I can to help the company and the workers to ensure that happens’.
Gleesons in Borrisoleigh is one of the largest local employers drawing it’s workforce from the immediate hinterland and dipping into most of the surrounding parishes.
C&C took over the plant some time ago and there have been protracted negotiations since with political figures insisting that it was of paramount importance that the company work with union officials and the staff to preservce and maintain jobs and working conditions at the renowned plant.
The issue was discussed in Dail Eireann following the tabling of questions and it continues to be watched and monitored very closely by the management, staff and political figures within the county and outside also.