Monday 23 September 2019

'Cheesestrings' factory injunction case resolved

The Four Courts, Dublin
The Four Courts, Dublin

Tim Healy

Injunction proceedings over alleged unofficial industrial action at the factory which produces the popular Cheesestrings snackfood have been resolved.

It follows undertakings given to the High Court by the trade union Siptu and a number of workers.

The case arose out of a sit-in at the the Kerry Foods plant in Charleville, Co Cork, last week. It ended just before the company applied for court orders preventing further unofficial action.

Henry Denny and Sons (Ireland), trading as Kerry Foods (Charleville), sought injunctions against Siptu and a number of workers preventing interference with production through unofficial action.

The company got permission to serve the proceedings at short notice on all defendants and the case returned before the court Tuesday, December 20.

Mr Justice Paul Gilligan was told the defendants were giving undertakings not to conduct any unofficial action and on that basis the injunction proceedings could be struck out.

The court was told previously the sit-in, which took place on Monday and Tuesday of last week, had affected production.  It meant a planned January back-to-school promotion of Cheesestrings had to be cancelled.

Oisin Quinn SC, for Kerry, said negotiations had been taking place with Siptu during the year as a result of the impact of Brexit on the company.

A ballot had been passed by the union approving industrial action for two days last week but some 70 workers staged an unofficial sit-in before those two official days were due to take place, counsel said.

Some €36,000 worth of product had to be destroyed as a result, he said.

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