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SK Biotek management must return to talks

16 November 2019

Statement by Cllr Duncan Smith
By-Election candidate for Dublin Fingal

Labour Party by-election candidate for Fingal, Councillor Duncan Smith, has called on management at SK Biotek to return without preconditions to the WRC.

Councillor Smith said:

“I have visited the SK Biotek picket line on Watery Lane in Swords several times now to meet the Biotek workers who are currently locked out of their workplace due to industrial action. I listened to their concerns and reasons for this action and I must say their ask is very reasonable. 

“I completely support the workers’ request that management at SK Biotek return to the Workplace Relations Commission without any preconditions and engage with workers representatives and SIPTU and Connect Trade Union as per the existing Collective Agreement. 

“Christmas is fast approaching and the fact that this dispute hasn’t yet been resolved is extremely distressing for workers and their families.

“The time for has come for some flexibility on the part of SK Biotek and they must bring real solutions to the table.”