Company has refused to honour pre-Christmas offer to engage in talks
Staff at the Corrib Oil filling station in Ballinasloe will strike again from 6.30am to 10pm tomorrow (Saturday, 28 January) over the company’s refusal to recognise their right to be represented by the Mandate Trade Union.
The company has refused to honour its pre-Christmas offer to engage with the union despite a number of requests for meetings from the union over recent weeks.
John Carty, Mandate’s Western Divisional Organiser, said that Corrib Oil’s staff want their employer to recognise their union and agree to a procedural agreement to deal with any issues that might arise for them.
“The Corrib Oil staff in Ballinasloe joined Mandate and have asked us to engage with the company to put a procedural agreement in place so that any issues they have can be dealt with collectively and in an orderly fashion. Unfortunately, since last August, Corrib Oil haven’t yet seriously engaged with Mandate, their staff’s chosen union, on putting such an agreement in place.
“The Corrib Oil staff were left with no choice but to take strike action again because of the company’s refusal to seriously engage with Mandate – a decision they took overwhelmingly but with regret. The strike action will be taken again tomorrow and further action may be necessary if a resolution to these issues isn’t found,” John Carty concluded.