Memories – 10 years – Workers vote nine pals out of work

INDUSTRY

FEARS of losing €50 a week has prompted workers from one of Limerick’s oldest factories to vote nine of their colleagues out of a job.

To save the nine jobs, their trade union proposed  that production staff at Europaks Corrugated Cases would work a four and a half day week until April.

Seventy-three workers voted by almost 2 to 1 to reject the proposal which included a “flexibility clause” and consequently saw their colleagues temporarily laid off. A minority of workers did not vote. One of the staff that was voted out said that his former colleagues were a disgrace. 

“That flexibility clause was no big deal and the staff there have only shot themselves in the foot for the future. A union branch organiser said it was “disappointing but understandable”.