New Ross Standard - - NEWS - By DAVID LOOBY

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.

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