Dale Farm staff in strike threat

Belfast Telegraph - Business Telegraph - - News - BY STE­WART ROB­SON

WORK­ERS at North­ern Ire­land’s largest dairy co-op, Dale Farm, have threat­ened strike ac­tion over dis­putes con­cern­ing pay for main­te­nance staff.

The busi­ness em­ploys 1,300 peo­ple across the UK.

It’s un­der­stood 20 em­ploy­ees from Dale Farm’s three North­ern Ire­land fac­to­ries in Bal­ly­mena, Cook­stown and Cully­backey are po­ten­tially in­volved, backed by trade union Unite.

Unite rep­re­sen­ta­tive Liam Gal­lagher called for man­age­ment to “en­gage in mean­ing­ful ne­go­ti­a­tions”. He added: “Unite mem­bers at three Dale Farm fac­to­ries, Cook­stown, Bal­ly­mena and Cully­backey, have voted over­whelm­ingly to en­dorse in­dus­trial ac­tion in a bal­lot con­ducted af­ter the col­lapse of pay ne­go­ti­a­tions.”

It is un­der­stood that 75% of the Unite mem­bers have voted for strike ac­tion. It is be­lieved that the num­ber of em­ploy­ees rep­re­sented by the trade union is 1.5% of the to­tal work­force.

In a state­ment, Dale Farm said: “While the num­ber of em­ploy­ees rep­re­sented by Unite at Dale Farm is ap­prox­i­mately 1.5% of our to­tal work­force, Dale Farm val­ues its re­la­tion­ship with all unions rep­re­sent­ing our em­ploy­ees and works closely with them at all times on is­sues that may im­pact upon staff.”

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