Industrial action continues at Kerry Ingredients

Two hundred and ninety general operative workers at the Kerry Ingredients plant in Listowel were set to mount the second of four 24-hour strikes from 10pm on Tuesday.

The workers, represented by SIPTU, are demanding a 3.5 per cent annual pay rise for the period of 2015-2018 (14 per cent over the four years, instead of a 2.5 per cent rise (amounting to a ten per cent rise for the period) that was recommended by the Labour Court following a conciliation process earlier in the year.

Kerry Group employers accepted the Labour Court recommendation for a rise above the average for the sector, but it was rejected by workers at the plant. They are seeking the higher increment to recognise what they feel is the greater demand placed on them by the introduction of a new 'SAP' computer system at the plant.