Diageo wokers protested outside the firm’s Dundalk plant on Saturday afternoon as part of their ongoing to campaign for improved redundancy packages from the multi-national firm. In January 2012, Diageo announced that it was closing the Dundalk brewery in July 2013 as part of its global restructuring plan. However workers at the plant have voiced their unhappiness with the redundancy terms being offered by the company.
They held their latest protest on Saturday where they were joined by Sinn Fein TD for Louth Gerry Adams.
Speaking after picket Deputy Adams said: “Diageo is a huge multi-national company that last year made billions in profit. It claims to be proud of its Irish connections but its decision to close the Dundalk brewery and its miserly approach to paying its workforce a fair redundancy package is evidence of a company that places profit before people.”
The TD has now invited the workforce to come to Leinster House and brief TDs and Seanadóirí on the current state of negotiations with the multi-national giant.
“It is important that Oireachtas members make clear to the Diageo management our deep disappointment and dissatisfaction at its failure to deal fairly and properly with the Dundalk based workforce,” he said.
Deputy Adams went to say, “The workers in the brewery have made a substantial contribution over many years to what is a very profitable company. They have been loyal to Diageo – its time Diageo demonstrated some loyalty to the workers.”