Monday 24 July 2017

Strike at garage owned by Kenny's brother-in-law

Siptu members at Tim Hastings Garage in Westport, Co Mayo, have accused the management of failing to implement a Labour Court recommendation in relation to redundancies imposed by the company Stock photo: Gerry Mooney
Siptu members at Tim Hastings Garage in Westport, Co Mayo, have accused the management of failing to implement a Labour Court recommendation in relation to redundancies imposed by the company Stock photo: Gerry Mooney
Cathal McMahon

Cathal McMahon

Workers at a garage owned by a brother-in-law of Taoiseach Enda Kenny are preparing to strike tomorrow.

Siptu members at Tim Hastings Garage in Westport, Co Mayo, have accused the management of failing to implement a Labour Court recommendation in relation to redundancies imposed by the company.

Mr Hastings, who is married to Mr Kenny's sister Marie, runs a Volkswagen garage on the Castlebar Road in Westport.

It is believed that nine staff members will take to the picket lines tomorrow for an "all-out strike".

A number of workers are not in the union.

In a statement, Siptu organiser Ashling Dunne said: "In August, management implemented the compulsory redundancy of three of our members in the garage.

"However, the process by which these workers were selected to be made redundant was not transparent or acceptable to our members."

She added: "After initially refusing, the company agreed to attend the Labour Court following a vote for strike action by our members. The Labour Court issued a recommendation that one of the workers made redundant be given the choice of returning to his employment or accepting an ex-gratia redundancy payment. An ex-gratia redundancy payment was also recommended for those workers whose positions were genuinely made redundant."

Siptu sector organiser Teresa Hannick said: "Siptu members in the company unanimously voted for all-out strike action. The company has been notified this strike action will commence on Friday.

"Siptu representatives are and will remain available for discussions, should management wish to resolve the issue."

There was nobody available to comment on behalf of the garage last night.

Irish Independent

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