13 March 2008 Edition

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Triumph after three-week strike at Novum

Sinn Féin representatives Larry O’Toole and Denise Mitchell on the Novum picket line

Sinn Féin representatives Larry O’Toole and Denise Mitchell on the Novum picket line

THE three-week strike at the Novum plant in Clonshaugh, County Dublin, has ended in victory after the Labour Relations Commission upheld workers’ claims that selections for redundancies should be on a ‘last-in, first out’ basis. Management had unilaterally introduced a new system after 30 years where it chose who would lose their job
Gerry Lynch, SIPTU branch organiser, said that the return-to-work formula accepted by both sides included agreement in principle to the retention of the ‘last-in first-out’ method in respect of temporary lay-offs, compensation for those who were laid-off out of turn, and the option of a week’s pay for those who were on strike to help alleviate any financial hardship incurred to be paid back over a six-month period.

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