SIPTU members to strike at Inishowen Oil Company in Carndonagh on Wednesday
SIPTU members employed as drivers by the Inishowen Oil Company Ltd, Carndonagh, county Donegal, will begin an all-out strike at 8.30 a.m. on Wednesday (1st November) in response to their employer’s refusal to accept an invitation by the Workplace Relations Commission (WRC) to a conciliation conference in relation to a pay claim.
The workers will be maintaining a picket outside the premises of the Inishowen Oil Company Ltd, Milbrae, Gort Glebe, Carndonagh, every weekday from 8.30 a.m. to 5.30 p.m. and on Saturday from 8.30 a.m. to 12.30 p.m.
SIPTU Sector Organiser, Teresa Hannick, said: “These drivers have not had a pay increase in ten years. Management of the profitable company has refused to attend conciliation at the WRC to discuss a pay claim which the union lodged in April 2016.
“It is completely unacceptable that a company has repeatedly refused to engage with the industrial relations mechanisms of the State. The workers have been left with no option but to strike due to the attitude of management. We are calling upon all SIPTU members in Donegal to do what they can to support these workers.”
SIPTU Inishowen Oil Company Ltd. shop steward, Ivan Wilson, said: “I have worked at Inishowen Oil Company Ltd for almost 20 years. Myself and my colleagues are all from the area. There is nothing we want to be doing more than delivering fuel to the local community. Unfortunately, due to the actions of management we have been forced to go on strike and are totally committed to maintaining our action until the company agrees to attend a conciliation conference at the WRC.”