Sunday 8 December 2019

Talks agreed in SK Biotek dispute

Workers at Swords-based pharmaceutical manufacturing plant SK Biotek have agreed to attend a conciliation meeting with the company at the Workplace Relations Commission (WRC) next month, following recent industrial action which left 140 staff effectively 'locked out' of the plant leading to 24-hour pickets outside SK Biotek.

A Siptu statement confirmed on Thursday union members employed at the pharmaceutical manufacturing company in Swords, County had 'accepted an invitation to attend a conciliation meeting at the Workplace Relations Commission (WRC)'.

SIPTU Organiser, Jim Fuery, said: 'Our members in SK biotech have agreed to attend a conciliation meeting at the WRC scheduled for Tuesday, December 3. The company has also agreed to attend this meeting.'

The company confirmed it woult take part in the talks and said the striking workers were back at work.

The dispute relates to a collective agreement which formed part of a 'protection of employees on a transfer of undertakings' (TUPE) agreement, which was concluded when the plant was brought under new management in December 2017.

Workers returned to work at the Swords plant on Thursday, November 21.

The end of the worker 'lock-out' and the commitment to talks is hope that the two warring sides might reach an agreement and the threat of workers losing their jobs for Christmas may be lifted which will come as a relief to the families involved.

Fingal Independent