Labour Court makes recommendation for Roadstone

Friday 04 July 2014 22.40
The dispute centred on annual bonuses which were cut in 2012
The dispute centred on annual bonuses which were cut in 2012

The Labour Court has issued a recommendation aimed at resolving a two-week strike at building materials firm Roadstone Wood.

The dispute centred on annual bonuses ranging from around €3,500 to €5,500 per year, which were cut by 89% in 2012 as part of a cost saving package to secure savings of €6 million.

As that target has been exceeded, SIPTU was seeking immediate restoration of the bonuses, but the company sought to phase restoration between now and 2019.

In his recommendation, Labour Court Deputy Chairman Brendan Hayes proposed that restoration of the bonuses should be phased over a speedier time frame.

In 2014, staff would receive 25% of the bonus - up from 11%.

They would get 40% in 2015, while in 2016 their bonus would rise to 55% of the original figure.

The full bonus would be restored in 2017, subject to the business environment at that time.

If management and staff cannot reach agreement on full restoration at that time, the matter will be jointly referred to the Labour Court for a definitive recommendation.

The court has also recommended that the strike, which began on 16 June, should be suspended while workers ballot on the proposals.

The recommendation specifically recommends that both parties should agree that they will not engage in any form of victimisation or retaliation against any person whether they supported the dispute or worked for all or any period of the current strike.

The court concluded by recommending that both sides should take steps to re-establish good and effective industrial relations with a view to growing Roadstone Wood and securing and improving the level and quality of employment of the workers concerned.