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In photos: Greencore workers travel from Hull with petition for Irish govt

Workers are calling for previous pay and conditions to be reinstated.

Joe Higgins TD meeting with the Hull Greencore workers today in Dublin.
Joe Higgins TD meeting with the Hull Greencore workers today in Dublin.
Image: Sam Boal/Photocall Ireland

A GROUP OF GREENCORE workers based in Hull, England held a demonstration outside the Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine in Dublin today to highlight their pay concerns with the company.

The group of workers, who are supported by the Unite trade union, are based at the Greencore Cakes and Desserts factory in Yorkshire.

Today they delivered a petition to senior Greencore management at the company’s head office in Santry and to the Department of Agriculture calling for action against what they said was an ‘attack’ on workers’ wages.

The Hull workers say their contracts were cut in June 2011 so that overtime or shift pay were abolished and they are not paid extra for working on bank holidays. They say that the company agreed with the Unite trade union to reinstate their previous pay terms and conditions in October 2011, but have not done so.

In photos: Greencore workers travel from Hull with petition for Irish govt
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    From left: Malcom Hancock, Jane Watson, Heather Moulden and Unite's Jennie Formby signing a petition which was handed into Greencore and the department by the workers. (Photo: Sam Boal/Photocall Ireland)
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    The Greencore workers protesting outside the Department of Agriculture today. (Photo: Sam Boal/Photocall Ireland)
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    David Sensiea from Hull UK, who has worked for Greencore for 13 years, speaking to Socialist Party TD Joe Higgins in Dublin. (Photo: Sam Boal/Photocall Ireland)
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    Greencore workers from Hull outside the Department of Agriculture in Dublin today. (Photo: Sam Boal/Photocall Ireland)
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    From left: Keith Wright who has worked at Greencore for 6 years and David Sensiea from Hull. (Photo: Sam Boal/Photocall Ireland)
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    Socialist Party TD Joe Higgins speaks to Greencore worker David Sensiea from Hull during today's demonstration. (Photo: Sam Boal/Photocall Ireland)
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    Heather Moulden, from Hull, who has worked for Greencore for over 20 years. (Photo: Sam Boal/Photocall Ireland)

Unite Irish Regional Secretary Jimmy Kelly said today that as Greencore is an Irish company, “we would expect that once senior management and the Government here as a major shareholder hear the extent of the abuse of industrial relations practices being exercised in their name that a resolution will be found”.

A spokesperson for Unite said that Hull workers are currently being balloted by postal vote for taking industrial action over the issue and that the results of that vote will be known in the coming weeks.

Sinn Féin spokesperson on workers’ rights Senator David Cullinane urged Greencore to reinstate the wage conditions. He noted that the Greencore CEO is the brother of Agriculture Minister Simon Coveney and said that “the government are in an excellent position to apply pressure to the company to ensure that the workers get what they are entitled to”.

The company could not be reached for comment this evening.

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