Estee Lauder workers strike for second day today

Friday 25 September 2020

Union refers dispute to Labour Court

40 Estee Lauder workers in Dublin Airport are on strike for a second time today (Friday, 25th September) as they seek to prevent compulsory redundancies and stop the company rehiring workers on inferior terms and conditions of employment.

The strike will take place from 7am at the Dublin Airport roundabout.

Mandate say workers should be afforded the principle of voluntary rather than compulsory redundancy but the terms of the redundancy package must be negotiated including the selection criteria.

The Union also wishes to negotiate the terms & conditions of those employees who remain in the business.

Estee Lauder are insisting on implementing compulsory redundancies on statutory terms of two weeks pay per year of service.

Mandate Divisional Organiser Robert McNamara said: “It is regrettable that a company the size of Estee Lauder would force their workers to strike for a second day rather than offer them the respect they deserve. All it would take to prevent this strike is for the company to sit down and negotiate with the workers through their trade union.”

He added, “We’ve been left with no alternative but to refer this dispute to the Labour Court and ask for an urgent hearing.”

Mr McNamara concluded: “We had huge support from the public last week and we’d like to thank them for it. These workers know that the public is on their side and we’re all extremely grateful for it. The actions of Estee Lauder management denying workers their rights is not a good look for a cosmetic firm.”