MIGRANT WORKER IS ‘DISMISSED’
ONE of the protestors at O’Leary International was allegedly dismissed on Friday, according to the protesters.
Liviu Zlotea attended a meeting at the Marshmeadows company headquarters on Thursday.
Another employee who is protesting, Dan Marco Corneu is awaiting a response from the trucking company in relation to his future employment, having attended a meeting on Thursday. He tried to set himself alight having doused his jumper with diesel twice in early February in front of the premises, but was calmed down by gardaí.
The men – along with three other employees (one of whom was dismissed in 2017) - have been protesting at the entrance to the business, which employs 400 people.
Cristian Falca, 45, said Friday marked their tenth day protesting.
Cristian said: ‘ We are suspended with pay. They claimed Dan and Liviu were putting people’s lives at risk. This wasn’t true as they were going to burn themselves.’
The men met with a solicitor in Cork city on Monday about their case.
A spokesperson for the workers said they are seeking extra pay and access to better terms and conditions.
‘ The company said they tried to light themselves in the truck as they had a diesel can with them inside the truck. The guards came there and calmed down the situation. They are not asking for anything out of the ordinary.’
The spokesperson said the men – who are Romanian nationals – were paid last week, adding that they will continue their protest today.
‘ They want to speak with the owner about their bank holiday pay and payment for extra hours.’
Director at O’Leary International, Brett Gourlie said a discussion took place with two of the employees on Thursday at which concerns were raised by the company in relation to activities the previous week.
‘ We had discussions with two of the individuals and that process is still ongoing and the policies and procedures of the company are still live.’
Mr Gourlie said if any of the company’s 400 employees has a grievance management would be happy to review the issue.