Monasterevin protest called off as talks begin

A second protest, over employee contracts, was called off at a Monasterevin pharmacy last Friday as both parties prepared to enter talks.

A second protest, over employee contracts, was called off at a Monasterevin pharmacy last Friday as both parties prepared to enter talks.

SIPTU welcomed the decision of the management of O’Rourke’s Pharmacy to attend proximity talks with union reps at the Labour Relations Commission on September 10.

“Workers undertook the industrial action to protest at unilateral changes to their terms of employment, illegal deductions from their wages and a management refusal to engage in meaningful dialogue with their union representatives,” it said.

SIPTU Organiser, Graham Macken, said: “The workers are hopeful of a successful talks process which will result in a negotiated end to this dispute.” Five other pharmacies are affected include Blake’s, Celbridge. Allcare Management Services Ltd, who support O’Rourke’s Pharmacy, blamed cuts in HSE payments to pharmacies for the of cost reduction measures. “The company has previously attended the Rights Commissioner and the Labour Court in relation to these issues in O’Rourkes Pharmacy,” it said.

- Niamh O’Donoghue