Al­ba­troson­the brinkof­clo­sure

Septem­ber 1984

New Ross Standard - - NEWS -

The fu­ture of the New Ross Al­ba­tros Fer­tiliser Fac­tory hung in the bal­ance this week as man­age­ment un­of­fi­cially head that one of the com­pany’s six trade unions has re­jected their re-or­gan­i­sa­tion pro­gramme in a bal­lot of all unionised em­ploy­ees held on Tues­day last.

Fol­low­ing what the Man­ag­ing Di­rec­tor, Mr. An­ton Rak­ers, called “a fi­nal pro­posal” by the com­pany, the unions had agreed to hold a bal­lot to de­cide whether to ac­cept or re­ject the firm’s ra­tio­nal­i­sa­tion pro­gramme, which in­cludes the lay­ing off of 70 of the work­force, and it was then stip­u­lated that the im­ple­men­ta­tion of th­ese pro­pos­als was de­pen­dent on their ac­cep­tance by all the unions.

While no of­fi­cial re­sult has yet been is­sued, and is un­likely to be known un­til a meet­ing sched­uled to be held be­tween union, man­age­ment and the Congress of Trade Unions on Fri­day, in a state­ment is­sues on Wed­nes­day af­ter­noon, man­age­ment said that they had been un­of­fi­cially in­formed by one of the trade unions that their pro­pos­als had been re­jected and added that they were “gravely con­cerned” for the fu­ture of the com­pany.

The firm’s state­ment said that: “Fol­low­ing a meet­ing held on 24th Au­gust, 1984, de­tails of the com­pany’s fi­nal pro­pos­als re­gard­ing the re-or­gan­i­sa­tion pro­gramme were bal­loted upon on Tues­day, 4th Septem­ber. The im­ple­men­ta­tion of th­ese pro­pos­als was de­pen­dent on their ac­cep­tance by all the trade unions rep­re­sented in the com­pany.

“We have not yet been of­fi­cially in­formed of the re­sult of the bal­lot, but one of the trade unions has un­of­fi­cially in­formed us that they have re­jected the pro­pos­als. The com­pany are presently ex­am­in­ing the sit­u­a­tion and are gravely con­cerned for the fu­ture.”

Se­cret bal­lots were held within each of the six unions and the in­di­vid­ual trade union re­sults have been sent to the Congress of Trade Unions for over-all as­sess­ment. Mr. Rak­ers has said pre­vi­ously that the ra­tio­nal­i­sa­tion pro­gramme be­ing pro­posed by the com­pany is “ab­so­lutely nec­es­sary” if the Dutch-owned firm is to avoid to­tal col­lapse.

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