Thursday, 21 June 2012

SIPTU signs collective bargaining agreement with Regal Processors

SIPTU members and the management of pet food manufacturer Regal Processors have signed a collective bargaining agreement at the company’s plant in Lurgan, Co. Armagh.   

SIPTU workplace representative, Gerald Devlin, said; “Our members are delighted with this agreement. A good union recognition agreement, such as the one SIPTU has concluded with the management of Regal Processors, is not only beneficial to the workers but also the overall operation of the enterprise.

“Much of the credit for this agreement must go to my colleague, Frank McGinn, and SIPTU Organiser, Martin O'Rourke. Their commitment over the last couple of months has been crucial in securing this agreement.”

Regal Processors Managing Director, George Jordan, said; “In the challenging times that we are all now facing, the benefits of a good working relationship between employers and unions is crucial. I believe that this agreement lays the foundation for such a good relationship.”

The agreement stipulates that SIPTU representatives will meet senior management on a monthly basis to discuss workplace issues. It also provides an opportunity for union representatives to meet with new staff to brief them on the agreement and the union’s activities.  

SIPTU Organiser, Martin O’Rourke, said; “It is hoped that this agreement will assist in developing open and transparent communications so that all stakeholders are aware of the views of the others.”

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