Strike action at garage owned by Enda Kenny's brother-in-law is 'unwarranted', management claim
Management at a company owned by Enda Kenny's brother-in-law have insisted proposed strike action is "unwarranted" and would "only serve to jeopardise" the livelihoods of staff.
Last night Independent.ie revealed that Siptu members at Tim Hastings' garage in Westport, Co Mayo will go on strike from tomorrow.
Union members have accused management of failing to implement a Labour Court recommendation in relation to redundancies imposed by the company in August.
Mr Hastings, who is married to Mr Kenny's sister Maria, runs a Volkswagen garage on the Castlebar Road in Westport. Maria is also listed as a director of the company.
In a statement management confirmed that a number of redundancies were made in 2016 in "accordance with the company's restructuring plan".
Staff members went to the Labour Court where a recommendation was made that additional ex-gratia redundancy payments be made to the former employees.
In a statement, management said: "On the 26th of January 2017, Ms. Ashling Dunne a SIPTU Assistant Industrial Organiser notified the Company its members would engage in strike action on Friday, the 3 of February 2017 in pursuit of additional ex-gratia payments."
It continued: "In response the Company stated engagement by SIPTU members in strike action at this time was completely unwarranted and would only serve to jeopardise the livelihoods of staff employed by the Company including SIPTU members."
Siptu sector organiser Teresa Hannick has insisted representatives are and will remain available for discussions, should management wish to resolve the issue.