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Authentic Foods have treated workers disgracefully

19 October 2018

Statement by Senator Ged Nash
Spokesperson on Employment and Social Protection

Responding to the news that Authentic Foods in Dundalk is set to close, local Senator and Labour Employment Affairs spokesperson Ged Nash said;

“Since the rumours started some time ago that the company’s local operation was in difficulty, loyal staff have been treated with nothing but contempt and stonewalling by the firm.

“The company has given the two fingers to staff and treated their union with absolute contempt in failing to engage with them when the future of the plant was being considered over the last few weeks and months.

“This news is a serious blow to the workers at the plant and to their families.

“The company is required to notify the Minister for Business, Enterprise and Innovation of their intention to seek collective redundancies and is obliged under the law to engage with Unite Trade Union under the terms of the relevant legislation.

“Given the shameful lack of respect shown to workers to date, I will be keeping a close eye on this situation in the coming weeks to ensure that the company’s engagement with the staff and the union is meaningful and fruitful.”

“I have discussed this issue with Unite and I am available to assist the workers and the union in every way I can I this regard.”